Throughout our community, area schools rely on volunteers to aid in the classroom, the library, and many other areas, which allows the teacher to focus on their job at hand. Two such dedicated school volunteers are Larry and Jan Nutt, better known as Papa and Nana Nutt by the schoolchildren at Pine Tree Intermediate School.
Each school day you will find them in one of classrooms, perhaps reading to a group of children or helping a young student with their assignment. Or they could be helping a pupil find a particular book in the library, assisting a class as they check out their books, or staying “after class” to help shelve the books that were returned that day. And some of the more “well-loved” library books have benefited from repair by Papa Nutt.
“Our two daughters are both teachers and we brought our love of reading and our love of children into the classroom. It is our hope, that in some small way we are having an impact on their [students’] educational progress. Listening to a child read, giving an encouraging pat on the back, or a ‘thumbs up’ for a job well done gives us a great deal of pleasure,” Mrs. Nutt said.
Mr. Nutt was born in Corsicana and graduated from Longview High School. He is retired from the Hallsville Independent School District where he worked as night security. Mrs. Nutt is originally from Longview and also graduated from Longview High School and attended Kilgore College. She is retired after 23 years with the Longview Independent School District as a computer lab technician. The couple will celebrate 49 years of marriage on February 28 of this year and are the parents of two daughters and five grandchildren. Their interests and hobbies center around the many activities of their grandchildren, whether it is enjoying a band concert or cheering at one of the many basketball and baseball games they attend. Mr. and Mrs. Nutt are members of Reel Road Church of Christ.
“Longview is home to us and we enjoy living here,” the Nutts said. “We believe the opportunity for a good education is available here as well as a good environment in which to raise a family.”