Georgina Young, an 11-year volunteer at Tyee Park Elementary School, was honored by Gov. Chris Gregoire for her work to support students and the community. Young, along with 42 other honorees, attended the annual volunteer recognition ceremony at the Executive Mansion on April 11—a kick off to National Volunteer Week.
Young began volunteering at Tyee Park after retiring from Pierce College. She lives close to the school and wanted to do something meaningful with her time.
“Helping the students learn and seeing the looks on their faces when something connects in their brains is what I love most about volunteering,” said Young, who helps students with reading and vocabulary. “The students trust me, because they know that I genuinely care about them. I want them to be the best learners they can be,” said Young.
Caring is evident as Young interacts with students. When completing a task, students receive a sticker from Young’s personal collection. Each reading session ends with a small healthy snack to keep kids motivated and excited about learning.
In addition to her efforts at Tyee Park, Young also volunteers at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center and is a member of St. Clare Hospital’s Women’s Advisory Council. She was nominated for the award by Ashley Elmer, an AmeriCorps Member working at Tyee Park.
“Georgina is a woman to be admired for her dedication to the students of Tyee Park Elementary and her volunteer efforts within the Lakewood community,” said Elmer.