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Martell chosen as volunteer of the year

Mary Martell was recognized Jan. 26 for her volunteer efforts in the St. Anne School Library in Somerset. (Submitted photo)

During our annual Catholic Schools Week Mass, St. Anne’s recognizes an adult who has made a positive difference in the lives of students in our school or community. This year’s recipient of our 2014 Distinguished Advocate is Mary Martell. Mary has been helping at St. Anne Catholic School  for about seven years.

After retiring from a school library job In Minnesota, Martell began serving as a volunteer at St. Anne School, generously serving as head librarian and working to ensure that our library continues to be part of our students’ educational experience. Every week she engages students in the stories read aloud, helps them select books that fit their interests and reading levels and assists in finding resources for projects and reports.

In addition, she manages the library’s collection of materials, ensuring that books are appropriately catalogued and shelved so they can easily be found. She selects new books for the library and helps keep materials up-to-date. This past year alone, she has led the effort to process over 1,000 new books. You can often see her working away in the library after her usual volunteer hours or bringing in a bag of books that she worked on at home. Her dedication and commitment to the library and St. Anne’s has been invaluable and much appreciated by teachers and students alike.

Mary was recognized at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Anne’s Sunday, Jan. 26, and was presented with a St. Anne sweatshirt and a certificate from the National Catholic Education Association.  Mary’s name will be added to a plaque in the school recognizing past volunteers.   

Submitted by St. Anne Catholic School in Somerset

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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