Teply finds purpose in helping students
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Former massage therapist Penny Teply was at loose ends. Due to health problems, she has been unable to work.
“I needed something to do with my time besides sitting at home,” she said recently. “I was always busy at the hospital, and then to sit at home with nothing,” it was hard.
Teply heard that Reading Coach Angie Dickey was looking for someone to hear children read out loud. So, three years ago, Teply began voluntering at Chase County Schools.
You can see her in the hallways almost every day. She now helps students with math problems and crafts, as well as reading.
Dickey said, “She helps with all the students at school. She sits with the kids and helps them read and catch up on homework.”
Although there are other volunteers working with the children, “She comes every day, rain, snow or whatever,” Dickey noted.
Teply said of the students, “Their enthusiasm is great, and they accept me. They’re fun to be around and they need my help.”
The students are eager to learn, Teply said, and she enjoys encouraging them. “They leave with a smile and are enthused,” she added.
Volunteering isn’t hard to do, Teply noted. “The kids are always nice to you if you have the time. And what better place to give your time.”