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Familiar Face at Black Mountain Primary
Familiar Face at Black Mountain Primary
Posted on 03/03/2020
 Nan Higgins is a familiar face at Black Mountain Primary School. For the past 18 years, she’s visited the school each week to tutor second and third-graders in reading and geography.By Stacia Harris
BCS Communications

Nan Higgins is a familiar face at Black Mountain Primary School. For the past 18 years, she’s visited the school each week to tutor second and third-graders in reading and geography.

“It’s just wonderful,” exclaimed Ms. Higgins. “I’m 91. Coming here and spending time with these young people is so exhilarating and uplifting."

Ms. Higgins moved to Black Mountain 25 years ago. As a former educator, she’s passionate about getting involved in schools and helping where she can.

“I love children. I think [volunteering] is more of a gift to me than it is to the children. I love coming in here and working with the kids,” said Ms. Higgins.

Our students appreciate her time and talent, as well. Second-graders Hannah and Faith worked with Ms. Higgins during our recent visit.

“She’s a good person. She helps people read, and she helps us with the words,” said Faith.

“We read books. Ms. Nan is nice, and she listens to us read. It’s fun spending time with her,” exclaimed Hannah.

Ms. Higgins is keeping busy in her retirement. She also volunteers at her church, gives tours at her retirement community, and enjoys walking and yoga. She encourages her fellow retirees to get involved in their community school, calling her time at the school very rewarding.

“Black Mountain Primary is a wonderful place,” she said. “I’m crazy about all the teachers. This is a very happy place!”

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Familiar Face at Black Mountain Primary

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