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The Kentucky Organization of School Volunteers recognized Dewayne Bell as Abraham Lincoln Elementary’s Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony held in Shepherdsville.
Bell, his wife, Amy, and ALES Principal Amber Thurman attended the ceremony where about 75 volunteers from across Kentucky were honored.
Bell has worked with the school for several years – first at the Buffalo campus and then when the consolidation of Buffalo and Magnolia was complete, the Abraham Lincoln Elementary campus. His nomination resulted from his continuous work with LaRue County Reads where he is a reading mentor with about eight children and his work with the school library.
Bell, who is one of the few male readers in the LaRue County Reads Program, works weekly with students from Heather Hynes’s second grade class. To them he is more than a volunteer, he is their friend.
Hynes said, “Mr. Bell is a tremendous help to our students. He is their confidant and my boys and girls just absolutely love him.”
He also works in the school library and has diligently worked the two book fairs each year for several years. He not only coordinates enlisting volunteers, but works many days at the book fair. He keeps the merchandise ordered and makes sure every student gets a book even if it means funds coming from his pocket.