Agency on Aging

AASCC Volunteers Make a Difference

AASCC volunteers spent over 43,000 hours in the local public schools tutoring children and working to improve educational opportunities in 2014.  One of these volunteers, Carolyn Paul, has been a volunteer with AARP Experience Corps – Greater New Haven for the past 5 years. As a literacy tutor at Ridge Hill School in Hamden, Carolyn brings great enthusiasm and her lifelong love of learning. Last school year, when Carolyn learned that both one of her classes and her grandson's class in Ohio were reading the same book, she suggested that the two classes collaborate. As the teacher said, "Mrs. Paul shared a Flat Stanley [book] activity from her grandson in Ohio. The whole class loved his letter and we wrote to his class. This prompted our own Flat Stanley adventure that we all loved!" Carolyn always goes above and beyond – while tutoring her students, helping with events (even loaning her barn to store books to give out at events!), and mentoring new Experience Corps tutors. A resident of Hamden, Experience Corps is not the only benefit of Carolyn's community involvement; she is also active in her church (Spring Glen) and helps at polls on election days.