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'Grandma' LaVonne Apland listens to Elliot Mann in a reading session Monday morning. Apland volunteers four mornings a week, spending time with 18 students to help them develop comprehension skills. Connie Vandermay/FOCUS

National Volunteer Week: The beloved 'Grandmas' of New York Mills School


"There's Grandma!" two young girls hollered on their way to music class at New York Mills School on Monday, detouring over to a smiling woman for a quick hug.

This kind of interaction doesn't just happen at school. It happens at stores, garage sales and other places around town - wherever and whenever any of the school's three beloved 'Grandmas' are spotted.

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