May 21, 2012
There are a million other places 91-year-old George Quin could be, but instead he comes to the Boys & Girls Club of Orange.
“I like to be with these kids. I'm an old man and I don't have grandchildren as young as these,” said Quin, who volunteers at the center once a week.
For the past five years Quin has worked with first through fifth grade students, helping them improve their reading skills.
“He's one of the nicest people I've ever met. I've known him since I was little and he's definitely helped me be a better reader,” said Bridgette Warner.
“He helps me understand more words,” added Darius Trent.
While there are many activities at the Boys & Girls Club that Quin could be a part of, he says there's a reason that he focuses on reading. “It's a skill they need for the rest of their lives and it's more important than any other skill they're going to have,” he said.
Many students who once struggled with the subject are now reading on a much higher level and children who didn't enjoy reading can't seem to check out enough books. Most of the folks there say that's all thanks to Quin.
“He is definitely a hero to me and I certainly think he's a hero to all of our club members,” said Shelia Donnelly, Service Director, Boys & Girls Club of Orange.