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Continued: Burnsville educator practices what she preaches

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 12, 2013 - 4:48 PM

“My goal was always to have them learn something from their experience,” Finn said.

Finn, who has volunteered at her church, at a nature center and with Feed My Starving Children over the years, said that volunteering builds character and responsibility.

“In essence, volunteering helps you become the person you’re ultimately going to be,” she said.

It also helps expose students to a variety of problems and different kinds of people, Umhoefer said. “It just broadens their horizons immeasurably,” he said.

And Finn is especially good with young people, he added.

“Fay is one of those people that, for whatever reason, kids gravitate to her,” he said. “Her ability to reach them at their level, not as an adult and not as a kid but kind of in the middle ground … it was just a seamless effort for her.”


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