Volunteer Reading Tutors Treated to Lunch and a Show

Maguire Glass, left, and Hinal Pujara, perform Tuesday for the Ohio County Schools reading tutors in the Wheeling Park High School Patriot Cafe. The duo won first place in March at the West Virginia Speech and Debate Competition.
Ohio County Schools tutor Margie Ball is shown with Wheeling Park High School sophomore Ella Escue, a student in the school’s ProStart Restaurant Program. Ball was recognized during the Ohio County Schools Reading Tutors Appreciation Lunch program that was catered by Wheeling Park’s ProStart students. Escue was an elementary school student in Ball’s class at Steenrod Elementary School.
Photos Provided Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kimberly Miller, center, is shown with some of the school system’s volunteer reading tutors. Seated from left are Madison Elementary School tutors June Straub and Joyce McCord, Bethlehem Elementary School tutor Debbie Donahue, Steenrod Elementary School tutor Donna Vogler and Ritchie Elementary School tutor Debbie Cooey.

WHEELING – Ohio County Schools on Tuesday thanked its volunteer reading tutors for donating their time to benefit the school system’s students.

Student Services Director Raquel McLeod welcomed the tutors to the school system’s annual reception held at the Wheeling Park High School Patriot Cafe. The tutors enjoyed a lunch by the WPHS ProStart Restaurant Program students. The meal was followed by dessert and coffee.

The tutors also were treated to a pair of top-notch performances. Recent Wheeling Park High School graduates Maguire Glass and Hinal Pujara were integral members of the Patriot Speech and Debate Team, which claimed its 39th consecutive West Virginia Speech and Debate Championship in March. The pair performed its duo interpretation for which it earned first place at the state competition. The Wheeling Park choir department’s Voices of Freedom singing group also performed for the volunteers.

Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kimberly Miller said the school system has nearly 50 volunteer reading tutors. She said nearly 30 of them attended Tuesday’s Reading Tutors Appreciation Lunch. Miller has a long history with the volunteer reading teachers of Ohio County Schools.

“As a teacher, I always loved to see the students’ eyes light up when the tutors arrived,” she said. “When I became a principal, I loved the nurturing and dedication the tutors showed our students, and that has continued since I’ve been superintendent. Today was a wonderful day to show them how much we appreciate our tutors for what they do for our students.”

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