Amie Heap, Tobin Smith, and the volunteer readers from The Reading Connection were recognized by the County Board on Tuesday, November 17. Amie Heap was unable to be present, so John Andelin, APCYF member, read statements from 3 youth whose lives Amie had touched. Aastha asserted that “Amie connects with kids by being a good listener to our problems, guiding us, and encouraging us to make the right choices.
Next, Gerda Keiswetter, Ronn Levine, and Dorothy Patton were recognized on behalf of 92 volunteers for The Reading Connection. Stephanie Berman, noted that together, they serve several AHC and APAH sites. The volunteers and children enjoy reading time immensely. “Together”, she shared, “they create a meaningful relationship with reading and with each other.”
Finally, Ben Werchowsky, a student at Williamsburg Middle School, spoke eloquently about Tobin Smith, who taught him about fishing and the outdoors. He trusts Toby enough that, as he notes, “he got me and other kids to eat bugs. I ate a cheetoh-flavored meal worm.” He added, “I appreciate Toby spending time with me and making learning fun.”
To learn more about how you can make connections with young people in Arlington, or to find out more about nominating someone as a Connect With Kids Champion, contact Michael Swisher, Assets Liaison for APCYF at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-228-1671.