Mount Allison University volunteers read to Cumberland North Academy youth
AMHERST - Mount Allison University students volunteered their time recently to read to the students at Cumberland North Academy.
This is the second year Mount A students have travelled from Sackville, N.B., to help the students with their reading skills. Hannah MacDonald co-ordinates the volunteer work.
"As university students, we know how much reading you have to do," Mount Allison student Rebecca Dixon said.
The Mount Allison students are funded by the United Way, which helps with the cost of supplies, gas and renting a vehicle if needed.
"It's great to be around the kids again," Mount Allison student Nicole Romanow said.
The Mount A student volunteers gave the students at Cumberland North Academy a fish for welcoming them into the school. The students at Cumberland North Academy named the fish "Mounty" after Mount Allison's sports teams.
Mount Allison students were given small tokens of appreciation, Cumberland North Academy pens and cards made by the students. Principal Kathy MacLean and the rest of the staff and students will also be giving certificates to the Mount Allison students for their volunteer work at Cumberland North Academy.
"The kids are so proud of being here," Mount A student Gina MacDonald said. "We'll definitely miss being a part of it."
Cumberland North Academy plans to have students from Mount Allison continue to come to the school each year to read to the students and have the students read to them.