Lancaster schools recently announced Cliffe and Elizabeth Harris as the December Volunteers of the Month.
The Harrises are firm believers in public school education, reported volunteer tutoring coordinator Sandy Armstrong.
They were educated in public schools. Elizabeth is a graduate of Lancaster High School. After graduating from LHS, she continued her education at Old Dominion University and became a dental hygienist. Cliffe is a Virginia Tech graduate and a retired mechanical engineer. They have two adult daughters who grew up attending public schools in the Richmond area.
After moving to the Northern Neck in the fall of 2013, the Harrises began looking for volunteer opportunities to serve their new community and decided to check into Lancaster schools.
They decided to invest some of their newly acquired retirement time helping students who were struggling in math. They both began volunteer tutoring at Lancaster Middle School in the spring of 2014.
Cliffe said he “enjoys the interaction with the students and seeing their improvement.”
“It is fun to get to know the students and to help them academically and socially,” added Elizabeth.
The Harrises are involved in many activities at Grace Episcopal Church. Cliff is the chairman of the annual Grace Church Yard Sale. They also are the co-presidents of The Friends of Belle Isle.
In their spare time, they enjoy beekeeping, oyster gardening, working in their vegetable garden and spending time with their grandchild and family.
Lancaster schools are pleased to have the Harrises serve in the Volunteer Tutoring Program, said Armstrong.
To get involved, in the volunteer program, call Armstrong at 462-5100 ext. 2008.