Monday, November 21st, 2011...12:05 pm
Volunteer Profile: Ellen Rosenblatt
Ellen Rosenblatt used to be an early childhood teacher and floater at Lutheran General Children’s Daycare in Wilmette. She used to work with children ranging from infants to pre-k. Ellen is now retired, and volunteers at the ELL Parent Center. Before volunteering at the ELL Parent Center, Ellen was a part of many other volunteer efforts.
Before the Center, Ellen volunteered at East Prairie School, as a part of the GAINS program. She participated in individual tutoring, classroom assistance, reading, and wherever else they needed her. She would also tutor 6th graders twice a week. These students were foreign speakers. Her volunteer efforts extended with the Douglas Center, where she assisted challenged adults. She was then also volunteering through the VITA program where she was teaching foreign speaking adults. This program was through Oakton Community College and took place at the Lincolnwood Library. Ellen’s volunteer efforts did not stop there. She also volunteered at the Wilmette Public Library as a part of the Friends Program, working as a shelver. Here, Ellen became inspired. This experience as a shelver led her to put together a book.
While shelving, Ellen came across many bookmarks that were used and left in the books she was shelving. At first, she was throwing them out but then it occurred to her the importance of these used bookmarks. She began to collect them and started to make a scrapbook. The bookmarks were filled with sayings and pictures of all varieties and languages. Ellen put together a book of over 300 bookmarks with the goal to encourage kids to read. She donated this book to East Prairie School where it currently stays in the library. When donating it, she presented it to 4th and 5th graders. Ellen is currently working on another album book of bookmarks, which she plans to donate to Evanston Pediatrics.
Ellen is now volunteering at the ELL Parent Center. She has taught English through the ESL program, and is currently volunteering with conversational English which is known as Tea-n-Talk.