HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - For the last five years, one volunteer at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at Southern Miss has been spending time each week helping students improve their reading skills.
Charles Kroen of Petal is almost ninety years old, but he says it's important to give back to his community and make sure the next generation is prepared. Kroen volunteers once a week by listening to students on an individual basis as they read out loud to him.
He offers suggestions to improve their skills and encourages them when he notices positive changes in their reading abilities.
"When they can read to me and they really feel like they are reading good to me, it raises their self esteem then. And that is what it's all about," said Kroen.
Kroen is also an avid reader and has acted in several community theatre productions. Colleen Donovan will have much more on Charles Kroen and his volunteer work at the DuBard School in this weeks "Pride of the Pine Belt" segment on Friday at six.