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Workstudy Student of the Year boosts classroom

Thursday, April 10, 2003

As a teacher of tomorrow, Noah Wilson goes above and beyond the call of duty at East

Buena Vista University students make connections with the community in a variety of ways, from volunteering to working, and one student is being recognized for his contribution.

Noah Wilson, a sophomore from Gowrie, was named the Workstudy Student of the Year for BVU this week.

His workstudy assignment is a little different than the typical library or food service duties that come to mind - he's assigned to the first grade classrooms of Molly Richardson and Barb Lange at East Elementary.

However, according to Pam Dean, workstudy coordinator at BVU, it's not uncommon to have students working at a variety of businesses and organizations throughout Storm Lake and surrounding communities.

She has students placed throughout numerous locations, including other Storm Lake elementaries, Storm Lake Middle School, the public library, the medical center, public safety and Community Ed, as well as students in the Alta and Aurelia elementaries.

"What better place for students to get hands-on experience, whether it's in the schools, law enforcement or business?" Dean said.

For Wilson, the honor was unexpected as East Elementary staff through a small surprise party for him Tuesday afternoon.

He works at East four afternoons a week, and while he primarily assists in the first grade classroom, he pitches in for the entire building.

As an elementary education major, having his workstudy located in a school works perfectly for him.

"It's great to work with the kids a lot and I help teachers do some of the extra things, like making copies or cleaning up, so they get to do more important things for the classroom," he said. "Plus it gets me ready for what I want to do in life."

There are a total of 758 students who qualify for workstudy at Buena Vista University, according to Dean.

This year there were 19 nominated for Workstudy Student of the Year at BVU.

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