Dale Turnham helping a friend discover reading
“The experience has transformed me in that I have discovered that I have skills working with young children and, again, learning that one is not too old to master new situations,” says Easter member Dale Turnham. Dale spends one day a week at Glacier Hill Elementary working with students on their reading skills. In just an hour and a half, Dale is challenging himself and developing an enthusiasm for learning in his students.
After retirement, Dale considered ways to volunteer that would serve the community while using his skills and interests. He says, “I visited with Pastor Jim about this and he gave me some helpful suggestions.” His wife, Terolle, also gave him some good advice.
In the end, Dale decided to try tutoring students in reading at one of the local schools. His next task: choosing the school where he could make the greatest impact in his community.
“I decided to investigate Glacier Hills Elementary in Eagan because Terolle is a former colleague of the principal, Jeff Holten, and it is our neighborhood school,” says Dale. After meeting with Jeff, it was decided that Dale would work with first graders. He was assigned to Emma Holmblad’s class to help the students improve their reading skills.