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EHS senior has passion for volunteerism

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By Kelly Cantrall

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Sydney Nall traces her desire to help others to her father, Richie.

“He always puts others first,” Nall said.

Sydney Nall, a senior at Elizabethtown High School, began volunteering when she was in middle school. Nall said seeing her father go out of his way to offer assistance to others has made an impression on her.

“I get all the good qualities, I think, from him because he’s such a loving man,” Nall said.

Nall began volunteering at an after-school program at Morningside Elementary School while she was a student at T.K. Stone Middle School. That experience gave her the opportunity to work at the Panther Place program at Valley View Education Center.

In August, Nall began going there after school, Monday through Thursday. In just a few months, the experience has made quite an impression.

“When I go off to college, it’s actually going to tear me apart because I love working with children,” she said.

Nall helps students with their homework, completes arts and crafts projects with them and guides them through P.E. activities. Spending her afternoons with them can “turn her day around.”

“I get to go to work today and I’m just so excited,” she said.

She enjoys being able to assist students when they come to her for help. That same desire is what prompted her to reach out to a teacher in need during her junior year.

Stephanie Dow, a chemistry teacher at Elizabethtown High, had discussed her need to get in shape, Nall said. Nall, a member of the track team, suggested staying after school a few days a week to run.

Dow said the offer surprised her.

“This was a student who wanted to stay after just to benefit me,” she said.

Dow said Nall’s enthusiasm was undeniable.

“Every day she’d be like, ‘are we running today? Are we running today?’” Dow said.

This year, she’s helping Dow in a different way by serving as a teacher’s aide. After working with the students at Panther Place and assisting Dow with tasks like grading papers, Nall said she’s begun considering a career in education.

“It brings me joy,” she said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@ thenewsenterprise.com.

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