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Douglas volunteer uses own life experiences to connect with students

September 29, 2017

Mr. Jim Armstrong, known as Coach Armstrong, has become a familiar face in the hallways at Douglas Elementary School. Volunteering through a partnership between Douglas and West Erwin Church of Christ, Coach Armstrong spends two hours a week in classrooms interacting with students and spreading positivity to all who are around him.

 

“Good morning, Coach!” said a teacher as she walked by. “Hello there, good morning to you as well,” Coach Armstrong responded. “As you can see, our teachers all love having him around, too!” Douglas counselor Ms. Dana Ogden said.

 

Coach Armstrong draws on his 35 years of experience as a former teacher and coach (many of which were served at Boulter Middle School and John Tyler High School) to help provide guidance and encouragement to students. He serves as a mentor, assists in classrooms, and teaches students about veterans and his time in the Korean War. He often carries a folder full of information and ideas to help him connect with the students.

 

“I love having one-on-one opportunities to help kids,” Coach Armstrong said. “I hope my past experiences of being in the military, coaching and teaching can help influence kids to be the best they can be, discipline themselves and to always be positive.”

 

Recently, Coach Armstrong met with his mentee named Shain for the first time. After a good firm handshake and brief conversation about Shain’s hobbies outside of school, Coach Armstrong seized the opportunity to help Shain rephrase his statements of “I can’t…” to “One day I will…”.

 

“Coach Armstrong is really a joy to have here at Douglas,” Ms. Ogden said. “He truly makes everyone he comes into contact with feel special.”

 

Thank you, Coach Armstrong, for your positive impact on the students and staff at Douglas Elementary School.

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