Former state Rep. Danny Bubp talks to kindergarten students in Melana Reidís class at North Adams Elementary about their classroom volunteer, Lucille Grooms, (right) and her recent birthday. - Carleta Weyrich/The Peopleís Defender
Three generations of the Grooms family are together in Melana Reidís kindergarten class as state Rep. Danny Bubp presents Volunteer Lucille Grooms with a special certificate from the Ohio State House of Representatives. Standing behind the class are (l-r) Melana Reid; Grooms, Reidís grandmother; Bubp; and Reidís mother, Dee Ann Davis. - Carleta Weyrich/The Peopleís Defender
SEAMAN - At age 85, Lucille Grooms has a place to go four mornings each week where she is well loved and has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children. Called the honorary name of "Grandma Luce," she gives special help to the North Adams Elementary kindergarten class of Melana Reid, her granddaughter.
"I've developed close relationships with the children," Grooms said Friday. "They are willing to work with me and with the teacher. They have good potential, and they have a good teacher to help them."
She started helping out in her granddaughter's classes about four years ago. Grooms gives the students special assistance with their writing and, when they have problems with their paperwork, she helps them with their lessons. She also helps Reid with filing her paperwork.
On Friday, Grooms was helping students practice writing their names when she was surprised by a visit from former state Representative Danny Bubp. As one of his last actions before leaving office, Bubp secured a certificate from the 129th Assembly of the Ohio House of Representatives to congratulate her on achieving her 85th birthday on Dec. 8, 2012.
"She has always been a good role model," Bubp said.
A 1945 graduate of Seaman High School, Grooms was valedictorian of her class. She had the opportunity to go to Wilmington College on a scholarship, but her parents deemed it too far away for her to go. In time she married Richard "Pete" Grooms and helped him through the years operate West Union Electric and Plumbing. They became charter members of the West Union Church of Christ in 1958.
Grooms has four children, Michael S. Grooms of West Union, Jim R. Grooms of Columbus, Larry Grooms, who works for the Ohio Department of Education, and Dee Ann Davis, school performance specialist at the Brown County Educational Service Center.
"She has always been so willing and so patient," Davis said of her mother. "She always puts the needs of other people above herself."
Six grandchildren, most in education, and seven great grandchildren round out Grooms' family.