Outside of hospital, physician tutors kids

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 12:28 a.m.

As a physician, Dr. Marcia Mounts devotes her days to caring for the health of patients. During her free time, she directs her energy to helping the lives of children.

For her work tutoring students with emotional and learning disabilities, Mounts is the first person to be nominated for The Gainesville Sun's 40th Annual Community Service Award. Every year, The Sun's award honors an individual who best exemplifies service to his or her community through volunteer efforts.

"Marcia goes above and beyond the call of duty to help me teach my students," wrote Marylynn Muller, Westwood Middle School math teacher, in her letter nominating Mounts, who works at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, for the 2002 award. "If she notices anything missing from my classroom, she brings it with her the next time she comes. My class is always fully stocked with extra pencils, paper and prizes for my prize box because she brings these things every week."

Beyond that, Muller wrote, Mounts offers emotional support to the children.

"She patiently tutors students and encourages them to look positively at their disabilities," she wrote. "She . . . (shows) kids how being different can be a good thing.

"After all, it is our differences that make us interesting. I love the positive energy Marcia brings to my classroom, and feel blessed that she chooses to work with me and my students."

Individuals or organizations wishing to propose a candidate for The Gainesville Sun's 2002 Community Service Award should write a letter of nomination in which they name the person and describe his or her service to the community.

Candidates must have performed the service for which they are being nominated during 2002, or in previous years extending into last year. Nominees do not have to be living to be nominated, provided they lived during some of 2002 and performed community service in that year.

Nomination letters are used as guides by the judges in selecting the award winner. A person need not be nominated more than once, however, to receive equal consideration with other nominees.

The award is based on the service of the nominees as outlined in the letters and not on the letters themselves.

Please include a photograph of the nominee with the nomination letter. Excerpts from some of the letters might be published. All letters must be signed. Residents of the area, except employees of The Gainesville Sun, are eligible, including previous nominees.

A panel of judges independent of The Sun will select the winner.

The winner will be honored, along with others, at the Work of Heart Awards Event on April 21 at Trinity United Methodist Church. A dessert reception will follow the awards presentation. Contact The Volunteer Center at 378-2552 to buy tickets. The tickets are $10.

To be considered, letters of nomination must be received at The Sun by noon Wednesday. Please drop them off at The Sun offices, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, or mail them to The Gainesville Sun, PO Box 147147, Gainesville, Fla. 32614-7147; or e-mail them to levinej@gvillesun.com.

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