Myra Edmonson, retired school teacher of 21 years, still makes it a point to enter the classroom.
Once a week, on Fridays at 9 a.m., Edmonson reports to the ABC/Arch Ford pre-school classroom at Woodrow Cummins Elementary to read to a group of "extraordinary" students.
"These students are some of the best I’ve seen. They behave so well. They are really impressive," Edmonson said.
Edmonson first learned through the Head Start program in the Conway School District that she could again be part of a classroom’s activities by reading to young students on a weekly basis.
Three years ago she began and Edmonson says she has found her place at Woodrow Cummins Elementary School in the ABC classroom.
She has been reading at Woodrow Cummins for an entire school year and since the beginning of this year.
Edmonson also remarked on the "wonderful teachers" who work with the children of the classroom.
When Edmonson arrives for her reading time, the children are eager to put their learning centers in order and find their places on the reading mat.
Edmonson selects books on her own accord, often finding and purchasing them from Salvation Army.
"The first book I read in the year is quite simple to hold attention. Then, as the year develops, I get longer books," Edmonson said.
Teacher Karen Boatner said that Edmonson’s visits are an important part of the week.
"They love when Ms. Myra comes," Boatner said.
At the end of the reading, Edmonson offers students a piece of candy in exchange for an introduction of themselves, a lesson in social and greeting skills, Boatner said.
Other instructors in the classroom are Cindy Harmon, Melissa Hastings and Pam Butler.
"The teachers have instructed the children so well. I marvel at it, and if you would go with me into another group you could see the difference," Edmonson said.