Foster Grandparent Kathleen Atwell was honored on October 13t as a "Hometown Hero" by WBKO television. From their report:
"Ms. Kathleen" started volunteering at Hiseville through the Foster Grandparent Program 13 years ago, not long after her husband died.
''I live alone and I get up and come to school about four days out of the week and I enjoy it, working with the kids, "she says.
Not letting retirement get in the way of being active, giving back to her community is just one way Ms. Kathleen stays busy. "I still mow my yard, help my daughter do the canning and other chores that
"She is a hero, she's a hero here at Hiseville for sure..."
we have to do," she elaborates.
Kids and teachers are glad to have someone like Ms. Kathleen working with them.
"The kids absolutely love her. The first thing they do is walk into our room and they look at her desk and they want to know where she is. I couldn't make it through the day without her," One teacher says.
"She comes in with a smile every day. She gives me a hug, she's always there for the children and she just brightens up the classroom, "says another.
Ms. Kathleen says she benefits from her volunteer work as well. "I love all the teachers, and I know they love me, because they show it every day."
Through helping the kids with reading and math, it’s no wonder people look at Ms. Kathleen as a hero.
"She is a hero, she's a hero here at Hiseville for sure and now everyone's going to know it," Sherrie Meador says.
Ms. Kathleen helps provide encouragement, support, and motivation to elementary school students. We are proud to honor her as this week's Hometown Hero.