For years of dedicated service in the ReadOut program, Carole Shevlin was honored by the Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) April 9 with a community service award.
Judge Peter Cahill nominated Shevlin for the award, which is given out each year to recognize a resident for their outstanding achievement in the community.
The ReadOut program was designed by Cahill to match juveniles on probation with mentors. Juveniles read 20 minutes a day, keep a journal on their readings and meet weekly at the library with their mentor to discuss the reading. Shevlin, the coordinator of the program, has been a volunteer since the program’s inception in 2005.
“Together with her volunteer mentors, Carole is responsible for the success of this wonderful program to help teenagers,” Cahill said in an e-mail. “While reading is the primary emphasis, the juveniles’ interaction with their mentors provides a significant additional benefit.”
As coordinator, Shevlin recruits and trains mentors, matches them with a juvenile and monitors their progress.
“The enormous task of coordinating all their arrangements falls totally on Carole’s shoulders,” Cahill said. “Her contributions have truly been outstanding.”
Shevlin said she was honored to receive the award and hoped the exposure would attract more volunteers to the program.
“My heartfelt wish is that any notoriety that comes from this award will serve to draw interest to the ReadOut program and bring us needed volunteers for the future,” she said.
One of the goals of ReadOut is to promote “trust and camaraderie between adult and child, often one of the few such opportunities the juvenile has to talk about himself and his interests with a caring adult.”
As of April 1, coordinating duties of the program were passed from Shevlin to Bessie Tucker, reference librarian and three-year ReadOut volunteer.
“I am delighted that such a vibrant, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable person will be at the ReadOut helm,” Shevlin said.
Past recipients of the community service award include Dick and Marilyn Wolfe, the Payson Military Honor Guard, Payson Supply Line, Misti Isley De Caire, Lisa Boyle and Eleanor Hammons, just to name a few the organization said.