05-10-2012VWC junior Allison Reeves '13 has been selected to receive the 2012 ADVANCE Outstanding Service Award from the North Carolina Campus Compact. This award recognizes an AmeriCorps mentor whose service and support goes the extra mile to positively impact their mentee and service site. Allison is the coordinator of Marlins Read, a mentoring program that pairs Virginia Wesleyan students with first graders from three Virginia Beach elementary schools to help improve reading skills. With Allison's leadership, Marlins Read has grown from 11 to 27 mentors and the program was recently recognized as a Model Partnership by the Virginia Beach Citly Public Schools. Allison's service has included helping a first grade class with a Valentine's for Veterans project, driving the VWC van that transports college mentors to the elementary schools each week,and facilitating a "Chalk the Walk" project that encouraged students to express their love of reading on the school's sidewalk for all to see. This is Allison's first year as an AmeriCorps volunteer and her efforts are certainly making a mark. Congratulations to Allison Reeves!