Volunteers gather at night to help Cedar Grove Elementary School

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By Mary Barczak

 CEDAR GROVE - Teachers are always busy so sometimes it’s nice to have an extra set of hands or two.

Once a month Cedar Grove Elementary has a Volunteer Night for parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles to help the teachers by copying, laminating and grading papers.

Volunteer Coordinator Kym Jones started the outreach three years ago.

“It gives parents who work during the day a chance to volunteer at night,” she said.

The Shepherdsville resident began volunteering at Cedar Grove 16 years ago when her children started school there.

Jones said they have a handful of regular volunteers but they’re always looking for more.

It’s important for parents to get involved in this way because of the example it sets for their children.

“I think they learn morals from that - to help others - that’s what we’re supposed to do,” she said.

Jones said the students seem excited to see their mothers and fathers at the school helping out.

Shepherdsville resident Tammy Bischoff volunteers at Cedar Grove on a daily basis.

“I do everything but grade papers. I’m not a grader,” she said.

Her daughter, Candy, is in second grade there.

Bischoff said she started volunteering about two years ago after her father died.

“I needed to get out of my house and do something. I can’t believe what I’ve missed,” she said.

Bischoff said her daughter loves having her around school always asking, “Mom, you’re going right?”

Jones said the teachers are so appreciative of all the work the volunteers put in to help them.

“I’m told everyday about it,” she said, which frees the teachers up for more time to plan lessons and other items.

The next volunteer night will be on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5-8 p.m.