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Mountain View Volunteer Interview: Rod Barnett

My wife Pam (who also volunteers at Mountain View) and I have been attending Grace for almost six years. 

What made you decide to become a lunch buddy? My friend Rich Riesz told me about the lunch buddy program last year. After retirement in July of this year, I was interested in getting more involved in volunteer programs and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me. I have two grandsons of my own, and know how much it means to have that special time with a youngster. The lunch buddy program and its goals sounded like a great fit for me! 

What do you enjoy most about being lunch buddy? The thing I enjoy most about the program is the opportunity to interact and mostly listen if I can (the cafeteria can be noisy!) to what's going on in the life of a very active 5 year old boy. We enjoy lunch together and I usually bring along a book or game we can play while eating. I just want my little guy to know he has someone to talk to and can count on me to be there every Wednesday. We have a great time and I look forward to it as much as he does.

How has serving at Mountain View once a week impacted you? This opportunity to serve at Mountain View has opened my eyes even more to the needs in our school system. It tugs at my heart when we stand in line for lunch and other boys (and girls) ask me if they can have a lunch buddy. I will continue to explore other ways to help, and I hope others can find the time to help in this program or other volunteer opportunities at Mountain View Elementary.

Rod Barnett

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