By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald
For Clyde Glosson, volunteering in the Copperas Cove Independent School District began with a simple desire to share his love of reading with students.
"When I retired from Fort Hood in 1991, I wanted to read to children, so I began reading at Hettie Halstead (Elementary School)," said Glosson, 72, of Copperas Cove. "I did it for 4½ years."
Through his volunteer work at the school and within the district, Glosson was eventually asked to serve on the Copperas Cove Education Foundation board, a nonprofit group that raises money to enrich and enhance students' educational experiences.
"It was about three years ago when the foundation asked me to join them, and I jumped right in," said Glosson, who now serves on the foundation's development committee. "I've always been interested in education issues, because the children in our schools hold the future of our country in their hands. We need to make sure they're getting a quality education."
Glosson helps assist the foundation in its most important work, raising money used to award grants to the district's teachers. Those grants provide funding for new and innovative programs and technology in Cove's classrooms.
The grants are awarded each year, and Glosson said being part of the group that goes into schools to surprise educators with the news that their grant was funded is one of the best parts of his work.
"That's the fun part," said Glosson. "It's a good feeling to know you are helping to provide something for the students, and something that will benefit future students as well."
This year, the organization hopes to give away $30,000 in grants to Cove teachers. Bradi Diaz, the foundation's president, described Glosson as a hands-on volunteer, who will often visit schools and follow up on the results of the grants the organization awards.
"He's very passionate for what he does, and he likes to be out there and see the grants are actually affecting students in the classrooms," said Diaz.
Glosson, a 22-year resident of Cove, encouraged others to get involved and volunteer in their community.
"It's very rewarding, both for you and the people you help," he said. "It's nice to know that you are able to reach people and make a positive difference where you live."
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HOW TO HELP
The Copperas Cove Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization of local business leaders, community leaders, parents and school district alumni in the Copperas Cove community.
Location: 703 W. Avenue D. Copperas Cove, TX
Contact information: Call (254)-547-1227 or go to www.ccisd.com and click on the "community" tab.