May 16, 2008
HOSTS Appreciation Luncheon

Nettie Baccus Elementary School recently thanked reading mentors who volunteer for the Help One Student to Succeed (HOSTS) program.  The school and Parent Teacher Association held an appreciation luncheon on May 16, 2008.


Mentors meet weekly with first and second grade students to serve as role models as well as to assist with the development of reading skills.  Sessions with students are thirty minutes on Monday-Thursday.  Volunteers meet with each child individually but may choose to sign up to mentor additional students.


The 113 volunteers serving during the 2007-08 school year were:
  • Community Members:  Kristi Anderson, Joel Back, Sharon Barnes, Harold Barnett, Marge Becker, Doris Bivins, Fred Bleck, Veriena Braune, Jack Brown, Bobbie Brownlee, Carolyn Boyd, Burton Burks, Frances Burks, Joshua Carpenter, Tracy Casey, Farley Cooper, Wanda Crossland, Jack D’amario, Bobbie Fallin, Fayrene Farley, Frank Gardner, Loma Gatlin, Marsha Gilbert, Mike Gilbert, Pat Gimlin, Allene Gourley, Carol Grossnickle, Fredda Harmon, Rosalie Johnson, Don Kelley, Bill Kelly, Lometa Kennon, LaVerne Killian, Carol Klein, Lisa Law, Christine Leftwich, Connie Lessman, J.J. Mainord, Roy Malone, Jackie Marshall, Bea McKee, Dottie Moss, Bob Murray, Kay Newman, Laurel Pirkle, Peggy Pultomak, Linda Randle, Kathleen Reed, Lora Roberts, Jerry Robinson, JoBeth Ross, Jerry Ryan, Jean Santee, Father Stuart Smith, Ann Surley, Jamie Thompson, Wes Thompson, Lyn Tomlinson, Peggy VanDeVenter, Herb VanPelt, GlynnEvelyn VanZandt, Beverly Williams, Jack Wilson, Julie Wilson, Judy Ziemski, David Zunker
  • Baccus Family Members:  Jennifer Bianchi, Lisa Bradley, Lisa Combs, Melissa Didier, Carrie Hart, Mary Henderson, Peggy Jennings, Carmen Luke, Mikki Renfro, Stephanie Reynolds, Gidget Taylor, Ivy Wilbourne, Letitia Winquist
  • Craig DeWitt Insurance:  Michael Deason, Craig DeWitt, Cynthia Dowell
  • Granbury ISD Administration:  Judy Deaver, Debbie Johnson, Jeff Meador, Carolyn Thomas
  • Granbury Optimist Club:  Tim Beckelman, Rodney Casey, Mike Gilbert, Dub Gillum, John Knox, John Tibbs
  • Hood County News:  Lori Cullison, Cindy Henry, Pete Kendall, Beth Martin, Denise Morris, Martha Pyron, Glenn Randall, Vana Tidwell
  • Mike Brown Ford:  Tony Dawson, Belinda Brown
  • Southwest Securities Bank:  Suzzi Branum, Sarah Clemons, Tessie Doyle, Judy Drieth, Cindy Gilbert, Lana Randall, Danny Reed, Patty Somers, Mary Ward, Casey Weaver


The program will begin in October for the 2008-09 school year.  Those interested in becoming a mentor for a Baccus student may contact program coordinator Dana Reinke at (817) 408-4330 or


Above, Mrs. Reinke talks with volunteers during the appreciation luncheon.  From left to right are Reinke, Bobbie Brownlee, Wanda Crossland, and Tracy Casey.


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