Originally published at kyforward.com (http://www.kyforward.com/volunteer-efforts-of-price-have-major-impact-young-and-old-alike-in-central-kentucky/): “Volunteer efforts of Price have major impact on young and old alike in Central Kentucky” by Staff Report
Lisa Price retired once but she has definitely found the “what’s next” in her life.
Price worked for AT&T for 28 years in accounting, data processing and network operations. While an AT&T employee, she was a volunteer with Home of the Innocents, Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity.
Today, she continues that volunteer spirit as coordinator for United Way of the Bluegrass’ RSVP Trailblazers, serving Scott and Anderson counties, and also as secretary of the Advisory Council. RSVP is a program that matches 55 and older seniors with a volunteer activity that maximizes their talents to help children and adults achieve greater academic success.
Price has proven her commitment to education as well. After retiring, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of the Cumberlands and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky as well as an MBA from Webster University.
A tireless volunteer, Price is the force behind the Southern Elementary Mini Reading Camp in Georgetown, an after school program that is a school-year extension of a larger summer reading program. It serves 8-10 at-risk readers each semester.
Price commits both time and materials – and her incredible talent for attracting other volunteers to the program.
“In the past year, she has helped to nearly quadruple the number of Scott County Trailblazers volunteers,” says RSVP Trailblazers director Patrick Tuck.
“All students attend Reading Camp summer camps for free,” said executive director Michelle Sjogren, “and programs lie the mini-camp at Southern allows us to impact students all year long.”
Recently, at the end-of-semester session, Price led students through their paces in a safari-themes play, complete with soundtrack supplied by music educator Charlene Revel. Students used drums and shakers they made themselves. They also constructed the scenery and composed ad recited their own lines that provided information about African wildlife and their environment.
Southern Elementary Principal Bryan Blankenship attended the play and shared with students that when they read they can go anywhere without leaving their own room.
One student commented: “We can come to school to read too!”
The after school camp is the result of many RSVP Traiblazer volunteer hours and the cooperative efforts of readingcamprocks.org and Southern Elementary teachers and staff. An anonymous evaluation showed a 76 percent improvement rate for students served directly by RSVP Trailblazers volunteers.
“These outcomes are entirely the product of the relationships we have with passionate teachers and school-based family resource professionals,” said Tuck. “We work together to ensure that academic intervention programs are staffed with caring and qualified community education volunteers.”
Several Reading Camps are held across Kentucky, from the Pine Mountain Settlement School to Mission House in downtown Lexington.