Over 11 years, employees of Stanislaus County have given 15,356 hours of off-work time to help grade-school students with reading trouble.
"These mentor champions give back, not for monetary reward or overt public recognition, rather, out of an overwhelming sense of community pride," Deputy Chief Executive Officer Keith Boggs told county supervisors this week.
Eighty volunteers help at Everett, Fairview, Muir and Shackelford schools and were joined in the past year by 39 mentors from the Stanislaus County Office of Education and eight members of the Modesto Lions 500 club.
All told, volunteers have contributed 16,289 hours.
County public works Director Matt Machado was named mentor of the year.
He suspected that a fourth-grade boy suffered from vision trouble, leading to correction and rapid reading improvement.