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The Mountain Messemler, Thursday, November 22, 1990 7A il Alderson School Library Improved 25" Remote TC3823T with purchase of any Water Bed KERO WORLD 18,000 BTU Kerosene Heater FREE 5 gal. Kerosene Can Reading to groups of stu- dents, helping them make book selections, and teaching library skills--library volunteers are an integral part of the operations of many public and private schools. Alderson Elementary School's li- brary couldn't operate without them, according to principal Mary Jones. "q'hey are blessings from heaven." she said. "It takes a lot of dedication to give up time to help in this--we really appreciate them." As with many of the area's elementary schools. Alderson's operates on a shoestring budget and depends heavily on the help it receives from interested mem- bers of the community. Margaret Allen co6rdinates the volunteer staffing of the Alderson school's library and ls working to im- prove its collection, housed in the multi-purpose room where music classes meet. "I've lived in many different places and have seen many dif- ferent school systems." she said. "There's a lot of payback in vol- unteer work. I believe we all need to give back to the commu- nity we live in and be good role models for kids." Two other volunteers, Becky Pence arid Sharon Perry, assist Mrs Allen in keeping the library accessible to children eight hours per week. "We feel it's very important to keep it available to them." Mrs Allen said. ~'l'he pub- lic library here in town is not open past 5 p.m. on weekdays, and it is not open on weekends, so that really limits kids who could get there only nights or weekends." um Model U4505 Reg. 268.95 Sale 756 N. Jefferson St. Lewisburg 645-2100 an 181 Channel Cable Compatible VCR with On.Screen Ln l ruing via Remote Full Loading Q~ck Access S~Lstem , unaaeen programming, 8-ovent/1-year HQ PRO : Vdoo index search system 2-speed search function Auto Ray Linear time counter Tape remain indicator 300 Industrial Dr. Beckley 255-0508 II I li | ny In addition to making the school library available to stu- dents. Mrs Allen is attempting to get substantial additions to the book collection. She is corre- sponding with congressmen about the possibility of acquiring a library from one of the military schools slated for closing at United States bases In Europe and The Philippines. The three volunteers agree the volunteer experience Is reward- ing. "What I'm doing here makes a difference for my son." Mrs Terry said. "He gets more in- volved in his work because he sees his morn is interested in what he does. I'm glad to be able to help out here. I feel if I weren't, some of the work I'm doing wouldn't get done." "I enjoy getting to know the children," Mrs Pence said. "We've become good frtend,'L It's fun being around the school and seeing what's going on." "lira kids are getting a more positive feeling about the li- brary-that's an important part of what we're able to do." Mrs Allen said. "They're learning its a fun place to be." Lewisburg Parade Seeks Participants Participants are being sought for the 1990 Lewisburg Christ- mas Parade, slated for 2 p.m. December 8 In downtown Lewis- burg. According to Mike Wyatt, chairman of the annual event. approximately ten bands are ex- pected, along with numerous other civic entries -- but more floats and individual units are needed. "We feel this Is going to be the best parade yet," Mr Wyatt said. "We want as much participation as possible." First-place winners in four categories will each win $50. in- cluding best-decorated animal, best-decorated vehicle, most at- tractive float, and best-decorated walking/miscellaneous entry. Single individual walking entries are encouraged to join the pa- rade. The Lewisburg Merchants' Association, which sponsors the parade, will donate $10 to Penny Pitch for each band, singing group, and fire department en- try. Penny Pitch Is a charitable organization which assists needy families each Christmas season. Registration is free, Partici- pants are asked to register be- fore November 30 by phoning Mr Wyatt at 645-2191 (before 5 p.m.) Monday through Saturday.