Volunteer Spotlight

10-Year Volunteer/Staff Anniversary

STAR Adult Literacy would like to congratulate STAR staff member and former volunteer, Robin Landry for achieving 10 years of service with STAR Adult Literacy in 2017.

STAR:  How did you first become interested in volunteering with the STAR Adult Literacy program?

Robin:  In 1997, I transferred to Lansing, Michigan with State Farm and began volunteering with the Capitol Area STAR Adult Literacy program in Lansing.  I volunteered with that program, tutoring reading and math until 2000.  When I transferred back to Bloomington with State Farm in 2007 I became aware of the STAR Literacy program here when I met Charlotte Cooney at one of the State Farm Volunteer Fairs and decided to begin volunteering again, this time working with ESL students.  Eventually, I enjoyed working with the ESL students so much that I returned to school in 2010 and pursued a Master's degree in Education.  When I graduated in 2011, I left State Farm and began teaching ESL with the STAR Literacy program and joined the staff as one of the Literacy Coordinators after Charlotte Cooney's retirement in 2014.

STAR:  Why is volunteering at STAR Adult Literacy important to you?

Robin:  It is very fulfilling because you can see the difference that it makes in the lives of the students right away.

STAR:  What is your favorite part of being involved with STAR Adult Literacy?

Robin:  Developing relationships with the students, volunteers, and STAR staff members.  When I lost my only son three years ago, the STAR students, volunteers, and staff showed an incredible outpouring of love and support during that difficult time.

STAR:  What do you do when you are not working with STAR Adult Literacy?

Robin:  I work as a private tutor.  I teach ESL online via Skype to students across the United States and around the world.  I am also the "unofficial bookkeeper" for my husband's lawn care business.  

I also enjoy reading, practicing my Spanish skills, and going ballroom dancing with my husband, David.  I also enjoy playing computer games, learning to use new types of computer software, and relaxing at home with my mom, Carcelia, who lives with us and our dog, Rudy.

STAR:  What would you say to anyone else out there who might be considering becoming a STAR Adult Literacy volunteer?

Robin: Don't be afraid to give it a try!  You will gain many new friends, learn a lot, laugh a lot, and make a major difference in the life of a student.

Congratulations, Robin!

August and September Birthdays
            Sharon Evans             August 2
            Jennifer Devine         August 5
            Mike Ballagh              August 7
            James Coe                   August 9
            John Zeman                August 12
            Ruth Parsons              August 16
            Norma Roberts          August 31
            Jennifer Schwartz      September 2
            Mike Doherty              September 3
            Katie Pratt                   September 10
            Mike Johnson             September 19
            Tresa Goodman          September 20
            Alexis Kalish                September 20
            Sandy Strom                September 25          

        In Memoriam
    Winnifred Clauson
STAR Adult Literacy is saddened to learn of the passing of 15-year ESL volunteer, Winnifred Clauson, on November 6, 2016.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shoes for Orphan Souls, Mercy Works (for medical missions), Land of Lincoln Honor Flight or a charity of the donor's choice,
Condolences can be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Winnifred Clauson