Monique Roseberg was honoured yesterday with a BATCA Award at St Boniface RC Primary School in Tooting.
Monique, 87, has been volunteering at the school for 20 years, where she has helped children learn to read. She volunteers with Beanstalk, a charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence.
The accolade was awarded by The Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA). Monique was presented with her award in a special afternoon assembly which the entire school attended.
“St Boniface school is like a second home,” said Monique, “and I feel so proud to have helped so many children over the years.”
Kate Loynes of Beanstalk said, “Monique is one of our longest-standing volunteers and we are constantly in awe of her dedication and commitment to our charity. She has changed so many children’s lives over the past 20 years by giving them that extra individual attention which has helped their confidence in reading flourish. We are so proud and grateful to count her as a Beanstalk reading helper.”
Monique started her career as a secretary, and then became a nurse until her sons were born. She then trained to be a teacher and taught French for many years. She is currently attending City & Guilds classes in Italian & German on a weekly basis.
If you are interested in becoming a Beanstalk reading helper please call 020 7730 8259 or apply online at www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk.