The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 34
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 34

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, April 23, 2001
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THE SALINA JOURNAL MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2000 7 Continued from page 6 George McKenna is Smith's current student and he thinks that people should never feel too old to learn to read. Although McKenna didn't come to Little House to learn to read until he was in his 70s, he has made a lot of progress in the last couple of years. McKenna wants people to know that they shouldn't be ashamed if they can't read and that they should take that step to find someone to teach them. "When people retire they have time to learn and do the things that they want to do," said Smith. This may mean the giving of your time to teach someone or learning something new. Smith enjoys the friends she makes by volunteering and feels that everyone has the ability to help others. "You do not have to be a teacher to know how to teach people. Everyone teaches when they share something they enjoy with someone else," said Smith. It is never to late to start volunteering and there is always something in the community for people to do. At the age of 90, Smith volunteers four hours a week at Little House and she also volunteers at her church. In addition to volunteering, she likes to get out and walk and aquasize at the YWCA. She feels lucky to have several family members close and they help her get where she needs to go. The Volunteer Connection, 239 N. Santa Fe, also helps Smith get to Little House to volunteer. Smith encourages everyone to volunteer no matter how old they are and wants people to realize that the community needs more volunteers. "Volunteers are needed everywhere so just go do something that you are interested in," said Smith. Salina Public Schools Know.., if"'!"^,^?. Brighten the Lives Of chU -n! And we say THANK YOU to all who give their time and talents to partner with us in education! SALINA To volunteer, call 826-4790. PUBLIC SCHOOLS 64

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