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Williamson Co. Woman Enjoys Helping Kids Read

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Joanna Roberts greets Sara Walker Joanna Roberts greets Sara Walker
Karen Lewin hugs Sara Karen Lewin hugs Sara

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Williamson County Schools recently honored people and organizations that have made a difference throughout the school year.

One of the honorees, Joanna Roberts, is known among teachers and children at Trinity Elementary School in Franklin.

She has been visiting the school for the past four years.

Roberts is a FLIP volunteer. FLIP stands for Friends Learning in Pairs. Senior citizens volunteer their time to help students become better readers.

"It sounded like something I should kind of help with and do," she said, adding that she's experience in teaching. "I really feel like now I could be a better teacher certainly than I was at 25 or whatever."

"These children in the early grades need as much support and practice as possible," said reading specialist Karen Lewin.

"This love and reinforcement is a great connection in helping these children to grow as readers," she said.

After kindergartner Sara Walker successfully read a book boo, Lewin hugged her and said, "I'm so proud of you and I'm so proud of you, Ms. Roberts."

"Together it takes a team to do this, doesn't it," Roberts said as Lewin and Sara hugged her.

"It takes all of us," Lewin said.

Roberts received the school system's Shining Apple awards.

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