Make a Difference: Pollyanna Duncan

WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A tremendous help, and a library angel.

That’s just a few of the ways to describe our Make A Difference winner for May.

Meet Pollyanna Duncan, she’s been volunteering at the West Vigo Middle School Library for close to five years.

But sticking the book shelves isn’t the only thing she’s known for.

Polly’s background in ballet and broadway has brought some excitement to the hallways. She started a Glee Club at the high school, and spends countless hours working with the school music programs in West Vigo.

“I love to dance, and i love to choreograph and i like to move to the music, and i’m very passionate about that. They see that, and they pick on me about that, but they’re starting to bring that out and they see it, and they get to experience it and it’s fun,” Polly told us.

Although Polly is just a volunteer, you’ll find her at the school, helping assist students wherever is needed. With her own children attending West Vigo, she says it’s just a part of her daily routine.

“Schools need volunteers, so it’s important to come in and do that. I have to very avid readers, and i think that’s because we’re in here and we’re promoting reading.”

Polly is considered a library angel, and students like Travis Reese say her help in the library doesn’t go unnoticed.

“Being like a guardian angel to some of the kids, they really need help and guidance, and she’s here to help them,” Travis said.

Senior Makayla Herring says Polly helped her high school dreams, being a singer in a glee club, come true.

“When i first met Polly, i was so intimidated, because she’s so bold and out there. But as you get to know her, she’s really been a great influence on my life, and she’s a big role model for me.”

As long as the students continue to sing, dance, and read…Polly plans to be there to help.

“It’s moving to me that they see it as much of a deal, and they think it’s that Important,” Polly told us. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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