Helping kids learn to read is very important. So many children struggle, or are unable to retain it, I am just happy that I am able to help them.
- Roberta Hicks
Roberta Hicks knows a thing or two about being around kids. She is the ninth of 12 children in her family. She also has eight grandkids and one great grandchild. So it makes sense that when she was looking for volunteer opportunities, she gravitated toward tutoring children.
After a 25-year career working for the defense department, she retired in 2010. Through AARP’s Experience Corps, she found a tutoring opportunity at a local school and jumped at the chance. She works in a classroom alongside a teacher helping students with comprehensive reading.
“I just like kids,” said Roberta. “I feel like I was instrumental in steering my own children down a path of success and I want to help steer other kids in the right direction. I want to see those kids excel and if I can help them, then that’s what I do. You have to give back in life.”
In addition to her tutoring work, Roberta’s other big passion is music. She has been a member of her church gospel group for the last 24 years playing the piano and organ. She also has a music room in her home with pianos and guitars and loves to have her grandkids over for jam sessions.
Roberta has also written and produced three plays in her spare time, including “The Record Speaks for Itself”, which she puts on at local churches. Her husband David Hicks will be joining her on the cruise!