Where do you volunteer?

I am a volunteer at Martin Walker Elementary School. We make copies for the office. We laminate for the teachers, and sometimes we mentor kids. We go in when there are special events, like Christmas and Thanksgiving. Sometimes, it’s just running errands and walking kids to class. We spent the first week of summer break making copies for registration for new and existing students.

I also have a friend who works at Clements-Parsons Elementary School. So this summer, I also went to help her switch her rooms around. Last school year, I was able to help by rotating small groups of students from the classroom to the hallway to read to them. Two years ago, I also helped the Copperas Cove Junior High cheer coach set up fundraisers.

How many hours do you volunteer?

I have volunteered approximately 100 hours so far this year. Last year, I volunteered 340 hours at Martin Walker and 20 hours at Clements-Parsons, on top of the hours I spent as a substitute teacher.

Why do you volunteer?

I started volunteering at my child’s school, because I was a stay-at-home mom and I was only substituting one or two days a week. I saw how much work needed to be done and how much help was needed. I also have seen teachers that are at Martin Walker stay at the school until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. almost every single night. Teaching is not an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. job like some people think.

Tell us about your life outside of volunteering.

I have four children who are very active in band, sports and cheerleading. I have a husband who used to travel a lot, so it was one parent juggling four kids. Volunteering can be done even if it’s six hours a year. Everything that we’ve done has been done around our kids’ schedules.

To reach Azeita Taylor, the Copperas Cove Herald office at 254-501-7476.

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