Fox Run Education Volunteer Bill Moran Looks Forward to the Start of Each New School Year

FOX RUN EDUCATION VOLUNTEER BILL MORAN LOOKS FORWARD TO THE STRAT OF EACH NEW SCHOOL YEAR NOVI, MI (May 4, 2012) - Schoolchildren may now be counting down the days until summer, but one Novi retiree is already looking forward to the upcoming fall resumption of classes. He is Bill Moran, a resident of Fox Run retirement community who has dedicated his life to education and who volunteers at City Mission in Detroit where he teaches children to read. He has been doing this for the past eight years and he has no intention of stopping. Moran gathered about five of his Fox Run neighbors -- some of whom are also former educators -- and the group started tutoring once a week at City Mission. The Fox Run tutors spend a couple of hours working with the students in small groups. Moran said they focus on reading skills and tailor the lessons to whatever the children are currently learning in their classrooms. "You do see a good deal of progress as the kids move along," said Moran, who began his career as a teacher in Catholic schools and worked his way up to becoming principal. "And the teachers appreciate volunteers." Moran has worked with student teachers at the University of Michigan, but he especially enjoys his volunteer work at City Mission, a Detroit organization that provides tutoring and mentoring to children from low-income families. Moran said the Fox Run volunteers have gotten to know many of the City Mission children because they work with some of the same students year after year. So in addition to giving the children the tangible skill of reading, the Fox Run volunteers also bestow something more intangible---the wisdom and guidance that comes from spending time with an elder. "The kids really enjoy the program," Moran said. "We're kind of like grandparents to them, and they look forward to the day we come in.