Yokine Primary School volunteer loves mentor role


Volunteer Anne Tuckett, Mt Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland and Yokine Primary School students Ally Davis and Noah Furtado.
Volunteer Anne Tuckett, Mt Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland and Yokine Primary School students Ally Davis and Noah Furtado.

ANNE Tuckett (74) is often found cross-legged on the floor or in the playground when volunteering at Yokine Primary School.

Since the end of 2014, Ms Tuckett has dedicated four hours a week to the school, mentoring children and helping in the library through Ed Connect Australia, an organisation that connects volunteers with children who need additional support.

The Dianella grandmother said she did not mind stepping into the childrens’ world to assist them.

“I mentored a little girl who was highly intelligent but had problems at home,” she said.

“You sit on the floor reading with them; it is easy for me because I do yoga.

“I love little children, I always have.”

Ms Tuckett said it was a rewarding experience.

“I have always been very welcomed here; it is like being part of a family,” she said.

“You get a nice warm fuzzy feeling when you walk into a classroom and the children come running up to you.”

Though she has volunteered at other libraries for 12 years, Ms Tuckett worked in the legal field before retirement.

Mt Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland encouraged others to sign up to volunteer.

“As a former teacher, I understand the benefits (of being) involved in the school system,” he said.

“Seniors by being a positive role model can provide a wealth of knowledge that will help to improve student’s skills and boost their confidence.”

For more information, go to www.edconnectaustralia.org.au or call 9444 8646.