After mourning the loss of his wife, Dwight Moore felt led to help others. He chose to serve as part of the St. Andrew’s Literacy Team (SALT), benefitting the children of Whittier Elementary School.
Dwight, 83, joined St. Andrew’s in 1976 after moving his family to Orange County. Prior to that, he attended law school, led the anti-trust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, ran his own law practice, and spent ten years as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Each week, Dwight volunteers in a third-grade classroom and reads to students who are generally functioning at a first-grade level. A fluent Spanish speaker, Dwight greets each child in their native tongue, making them feel special and at ease. He cares for the children by helping to increase the comprehension of what they are assigned to read. Through this, Dwight motivates and encourages the children, while helps them to improve. He, in turn, is encouraged by the children’s eagerness to learn. “I have been called to pursue a Christian life, and so I try to be alert to opportunities of service where I can show kindness and compassion,” says Dwight.
Dwight is not the only one who is encouraged. Brynn, a teacher at Whittier Elementary School and a member of St. Andrew’s, said, “Dwight’s consistency in volunteering in my classroom has helped support my commitment as a teacher of second language learners. I think of Dwight as a gift.” Brynn went on to share that one particularly difficult student had tears in his eyes when Dwight said goodbye at the end of the year. Over the months, Dwight not only helped the boy to read but had become an influential and consistent person in his life.
St. Andrew’s appreciates Dwight and all those who give of themselves in service to others, in the way that Christ modeled for us.
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