Lincoln grandma helps kindergarten students learn to read

Posted By: Bayley Bischof Channel 8 Eyewitness News 

Learning to read is a milestone for every kindergartener.

One Lincoln classroom has a special volunteer to help.

Her name is Charlotte Miller, and she’s been working with students for decades.

So it’s only natural that she spends a morning each week in an Elliott Elementary Kindergarten classroom.

On kindergartener, Eva McWilliams said, "we get to read with Miss Charlotte and have fun"

She’s been with this class of 21 students since they started school in the fall, she works with them on reading comprehension.

"They read to me, or I read to them if they’re just starting to learn to read,” Miller said.

Their teacher, Ann Kile said the students have come a long way with their help.

"They’ve gone from just learning letters of the alphabet to now reading two to three sentences per page, so it’s been amazing to see them grow,” Kile said.

She said she doesn’t know who enjoys it more, her or the students.

"I like to read! I like when she reads with us,” Zedikiah, a student said.

Miller said, "It’s fun for me too, and I feel like I’m helping in a way that I feel contributes."

All the while, building a bond with the 21 students that their teacher said have adopted her as their grandma.

"Every once in a while one will run up and give me a hug and they do that for their teacher too and it’s rewarding,” Miller said.

Kline said her work doesn’t go unnoticed.

"We get to show her how good we can read,” McWilliams said.

Kline said, she can’t thank Miller enough.

“She’s a tremendous volunteer to give up her time and we really appreciate all of her efforts."

Miller said she has no plans to stop volunteering, any time soon.

"As long as I can drive here,” Miller said. “I’ll be here!"

Lincoln Public Schools is always looking for volunteers to read with students like Miller, or help in many other ways.

To find out what your volunteer options are, and to apply for a position click here: https://wapp.lps.org/gold/volunteer/volunteer.cfm