Community Builder: Chapin teacher helps students thrive

CHAPIN, SC (WIS) - When it's not being used for community events, every Monday after school, you'll find some Chapin middle and high school students at The Hub.

"Mainly it's just a place that the kids know they can come, they can get a good meal and lots of love," says Hub Co-Coordinator and Tutor Melinda Rogers.

Rogers, a fourth grade teacher at Chapin Elementary, has been giving her time and heart to kids at The Hub for 17 years.

"These kids that are here, they've grown up with me. I've known them since they were probably in diapers," she said. "The kids are just wonderful, they reciprocate the love, and it just puts me in a good mood every time I come out here."

Rogers and other volunteers tutor and mentor the students. They rely on community support to be able to provide The Hub after school program. Those who know her say she's rallied that support to keep the program alive.

"I think if the Hub wasn't here, then you wouldn't have that made available to a lot of different kids in the community and she's been doing that for 15 years and that just truly shows that she's dedicated, and I think it's making a huge difference in the lives that she's touching," said Janet Haigler with Chapin Junior Women's Club.

Haigler nominated Rogers as a Community Builder and WIS got to surprise her with the news. Rogers said she was completely caught off guard. Hard hat in hand, she says she is grateful.

"I don't think of anything I do out here as being special enough to warrant that. It's just a labor of love, I get more out of it than the kids do," Haigler said.

As a Community Builder, Rogers will receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice from the Michael J. Mungo Foundation.

Do you know someone who's making a difference in the community? Click here to nominate a community builder today.

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