10+ Year Volunteer Reads Every Week to Students

Reecy Thornton, mother to Deanna ’04 and Tanner ’07, started reading to St. Mark’s third graders when her son, Tanner, was a student in Mrs. Haramis’ third grade class. For over ten years, she has continued to vist with and read every week to our third grade students.
 
During her children’s time at the school, Reecy was the President of the Parents Council, served on the Board of Trustees, and volunteered in many other capacities.

Reecy says, “I adore the respect, excitement, inquisitiveness, and affection that I receive from the students. I am often rewarded when, after a chance encounter years later, a student still remembers something about what I read.  I remain constantly amazed each year by how smart the children are. They can answer all my questions about so many different subjects…history, geography, science, math and vocabulary. I look forward to reading each week and am thankful for the opportunity.”

The Thornton familiy's volunteerism isn't just part of the mother's role either. Her husband, Randy, a local pediatrician, volunteered at St. Mark's before they ever met and married – and long before he had children of his own. Randy participated in the second grade Bike Rodeo, Fall Festival, and currently performs the scoliosis screening for the sixth graders.
 
Each week we will be recognizing and thanking our many volunteers. St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School appreciates and truly thanks all who give of their time, talent, and treasure. Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless!
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