Volunteer Corner: "Mrs. Mo" Stelzriede | SierraSun.com

Volunteer Corner: "Mrs. Mo" Stelzriede

Amy Edgett/Sierra SunMaureen "Mrs. Mo" Stelzriede

How long have you been with the program?Approximately 1991 I was one of the founding mothers.What is A+ all about?It started with an inspiration of Gaynell Miss Nel Jackson. Her challenge at seminary was to find out how to start a child-care center. She found out the state and legal requirements. I was privileged to be on the advisory board and I asked, May I work with you? Society being what it is now, when school is over there is still a lot of learning to be done. It is a gift we give to parents and families.And what is that gift?We help with homework, character building, showing unconditional love like God shows us.Do the children have to be members of the congregation?Very few come to church here. A few go to other churches. We all worship the same Lord no matter what the sign says over the door.What hours are offered for the child care?We have students kindergarten on up. One or two from middle school. So we offer the program from 1 to 5:30 p.m.What are your duties as a volunteer?I help with homework, character building, tell Bible stories, vacuum. We all do assigned chores, but also look around and get done what needs to be done. I love playground duty. The kids say, Mrs. Mo, you even teach us on the playground.Do you have a background with children?Oh yes. Ive taught every grade from K to eighth. I began teaching in 1968 and retired in 2001. Now I substitute. I dont sit down very well. The volunteering goes beyond here. Kids walk up to me in schools where I substitute, and give me hugs. They know I love hugs. They know they can talk to me. That they know what we represent, that we are solid and are something in the world that is rock solid.How would interested volunteers get in touch with A+?Contact Gaynell Jackson at 583-1534 or Debbie Wohler at 583-2925. Or visit http://www.tahoeministries.com.Do volunteers need special skills?Patience. Its not rocket science. You just need to be here for the children when they need someone. To read a book, for example.Anything to add?Yes. The name A+ came to Gaynell when she was in the worship area. The building at the time was an A-frame. There was a cross that lined up in front of the window. Gaynell saw it as an A with a plus sign in the middle. That is what we use to encourage the children when they think a task is too hard. We dont have C kids here. We are all A+ and so much more. The Sierra Suns Amy Edgett interviewed Maureen Stelzriede for this weeks Volunteer Corner. Please send your suggestions to aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject Volunteer Corner. For volunteer opportunities in the North Tahoe Truckee area, visit http://www.handsontahoe.com

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