Bainbridge Elementary School volunteer Barney Ziervogel doesn't do it for the recognition, but he appreciates being appreciated.
Ziervogel and other volunteers were honored at a school luncheon Tuesday afternoon, June 9.
Principal Regina Roberts says Bainbridge is fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers read with kids and also assist with math and other classes. The ones who operate the prize cart are usually the most popular, Roberts jokes.
"We have a literacy carnival and math night," she said. "Any kind of event we have we count on volunteers and they're wonderful."
Helen Billiet, the school's Family Involvement Advisor (FIA), is in her first year of coordinating the helpers.
"She has done an outstanding job," said Roberts.
The Jaruseks, owners of Subworks, Bainbridge's Partner in Education, help year round and provided pizza for the luncheon in addition to awards for students of the month.
Ziervogel reads to second graders and kindergartners once a week.
He lives three miles from the school and began volunteering though the "School Buddies" program at the Elkton Senior Center.
"The kids are lovable," Ziervogel said.
He got rave reviews even before the luncheon began. "I was just talking to a mom and she said her daughter talks about "Mr. Z" every time she comes home.”
He's grateful to be among those being honored by the school. "It's fantastic. It's great," Ziervogel said. "It's always nice to be appreciated."