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ON EDUCATING LARUE: LACE Council recognizes volunteers

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By Ron Benningfield

 Perhaps Marshall Metcalf summarized the reason he and so many others in the LaRue County community spend hours each week volunteering: “I enjoy helping others; it’s fun.”

Metcalf led LaRue County High School’s Community Volunteer Service Club for the second straight year with over 70 hours spent volunteering.

In addition to his hours with the club, Metcalf also tutors youth at Kids Crew daycare and volunteers in the summer reading program at LaRue County Library.

“As I see kids’ faces light up like a light bulb when they recognize a new word, it’s the best feeling in the world,” said the rising senior who is also a Governor’s Scholar this summer.

He was one of several recipients of awards issued through LaRue County Adult Community Education (LACE) Council, an organization that is made up of volunteers.

Rita Williams, LACE chairperson, has spent much of her life volunteering in the community as well as having served on the county’s chamber of commerce for many years and board of education for 14 years.

“I especially enjoy working with our school-age children because they’re our biggest asset,” Williams said. “If they don’t succeed in life, all of us suffer.”

The LACE council is composed of 10 community members, two students and ad hoc school district members Vicki Devers, community education director, and Sarah Hornback, family services director. The council partners with the schools and other public organizations to provide quality programs that help meet the needs of the community.

Lynn Claycomb, who won the LACE Judy Cox Community Spirit Award, volunteers for the Lincoln Museum, Friends of the Library, and is on the board of directors for the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties.

“I believe my willingness to volunteer comes from my parents, Donald and Jean McCubbin, and others — Nancy Goodin, Martha Hamilton and Helen Hubbard, for instance – who were good role models,” Claycomb said. “I love this community and love doing what I can to make it a better place.”

Hornback sees LACE as a valuable sounding board for new ideas and an avenue for educating the community on services available.

“LACE has a broad range of members, which allows us to disseminate and gather information about offerings in our community,” she said. “There is no requirement that LaRue County Adult Education must have an advisory council but I think it is valuable to gain insight and input from the community as well as to be accountable, at least in an informal way, to an outside agency, so I am pleased to be part of the LACE council.”

Devers remarked, “Community education’s focus is to act as a resource to share information, partner with other agencies, offer volunteer training in the schools and programs (with enough interest to pay an instructor) that are not offered by other agencies.”

Williams said her goal as a volunteer on the LACE council, is a simple one: “to leave this a better place than when we came.”

Other members of the council include Georgia Reed, David Harrison, Metcalf, Alisha Durbin, Dale Morris, Marsha Duncan, Jean Mills, Faith Miller, Mary Smith and Dana Jolly.