A mentor and volunteer reader to students at Alexandria Elementary School gets some recognition for his efforts to help second graders improve their reading skills. Val Newton now has a rocking chair and special nook named “Newton’s Nook” both dedicated to him in the school library. He has always come to the school nearly every day. Newton says he gets up every morning and will continue to let the students read to him for as long as he can drive up to the school. He says he never wants to quit. Second grade teacher Jamie Brown says she’s worked with Newton for 17 years and adds that the only time he misses time is to go on mission trips. She says Newton lives for others and is a dedicated servant. Newton became a volunteer reader at Alexandria Elementary School more than 25 years ago. He began when he was working with Alabama Power and then continued volunteering on into his retirement.