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Molly Sue Logsdon - 'Holy boldness' helps her get things done

April 21, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Helping others comes naturally to Molly Sue Logsdon. Her gift is recognizing what needs to be done.

Logsdon said she does not know why she is like this, but she's been picking up strays her whole life.

"I'm the person who will stop and move a turtle out of the road," she said.

She was one of the organizers of the Shingleton family home renovation while the family was in North Carolina for three months.

Logsdon is friends with Paul and Lisa Shingleton, whose 10-year-old daughter, Adrianna, was being treated for leukemia at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.

Logsdon was instrumental in getting a large number of people involved in the renovation project. She contacted 52 of her closest friends, she said, and asked for their help and asked them to find others to help.

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It's called "holy boldness," she said.

More than 200 people from the region helped renovate the home. They donated time, funds and/or merchandise to complete the project before the family returned home before Christmas last year.

She said she learned many years ago, "You can always ask for help. You don't have to reinvent the wheel" to get things done.

Logsdon has a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

For six years, she operated a sheltered workshop in Hendersonville, N.C., with the goal of helping learning-disabled people find jobs.

She is a certified school teacher in North Carolina and worked three years there with children with behavior disorders.

"I was recruited to establish the first on-campus high school, self-contained class serving students with behavior disorders in Henderson County," she said.

"My specialty is to set up new operations and get the skilled professionals to run them and then step out of the way," Logsdon said.

She moved to Berkeley Springs in 2000 and home-schooled her three children for a time, she said. When they entered The Seventh-day Adventist School in Berkeley Springs, she volunteered part time and started a 4-H program there.

After her three boys entered public school so they could play sports, she implemented a peer mentor program at Berkeley Springs High School and worked as its coordinator.

She also worked as a long-term substitute teacher in the special education department at the high school, and last year worked with students with behavior disorders at Warm Springs Middle School. She now substitute teaches part time at the high school.

She volunteers for The Seventh-day Adventist Vacation Bible School and for many public school organizations. She is the youth league's cheerleading coach.

She raises funds for the Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Boosters and has served as its secretary for the last three years. She also volunteers at the Starting Points soup kitchen with tutored schoolchildren.

"I'm always thinking of new projects," she said.

She said she also spends a lot of time with her three boys Matthew, Eric and Logan Lyda. All three of her children mentor other kids she said, and they all helped with the Shingleton renovations.

"The guts of my life are my children and the kids I work with," she said. "They are 'my kids.'"

Matthew is a Berkeley Springs High School senior, a member of the National Honors Society and is a varsity athlete in football and baseball. Eric is a junior at the high school, is president of his class and is a varsity letterman in soccer and tennis, and Logan is treasurer of his Warm Springs Middle School class, a peer mediator and plays football, she said.

"What makes me happy," she said, is going to athletic games to see her kids play.

All three of her children mentor other kids she said, and they all helped with the Shingleton renovations, she said.

"The guts of my life are my children," she said, "and the kids I work with. They are 'my kids.'"




Q&A

Name - Molly Sue Logsdon

Address - Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Date of birth - June 10, 1964

Occupation - Morgan County substitute teacher/tutor

Most notable achievement - Hearing that my special education students were successful in 10th grade "regular" English class. Also, knowing that my three kids are happy, successful in school and grounded.

Your proudest moment - Realizing that my oldest son was not only accepted to college, but was going to play college football. When you realize how much could have gone wrong along the 13 years of schooling, it is definitely a significant accomplishment. And, when no one seemed to think he would have the opportunity to play college football, he persevered.

Who is the person you most admire and why? - Mother Teresa. She clearly had the ability to have made herself a financially successful person, but instead used her talents to improve the lives of other people. By choice, she had none of her own children so that she could devote her time to others' children.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Who gave it to you? - Your kids won't remember how clean the house is, but they will remember how much time you spend with them. Nina Lyda my children's grandma.

What is the next goal you would like to achieve? - Educate children on the importance of eating properly. I see myself living a much simpler life.

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