Drop someone in the ocean without a life preserver and that individual would survive only as long as he or she could tread water.
That might be a good analogy for Golden Valley's Sharon Schwartzlose.
Children are her life preserver and being around them keeps her active and happy.
Schwartzlose has taught for 17 years at Palo Christi Elementary School.
She is in her third year as a Title I reading teacher.
"I enjoy working with youth," she said.
"That's my job and I enjoy teaching."
Time away from her job is filled with volunteer work, much of it involving children.
She is a member of the Kingman Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Schwartzlose has been a gospel doctrine teacher for the past three months.
She also helps with the LDS Primary Organization and Church Relief Society, both of which are sponsors for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts activities in which she is involved.
At present, she is coordinating a Scouting for Food Drive for Boy Scout Troop 27.
She is a member of committee for the troop now, and served as committee chairman for two years.
Schwartzlose was an assistant cubmaster for four years for Cub Scout Pack 27.
She and her husband, Donald, soon will become den leaders of the pack.
The new role in Cub Scouts means she will attend four meetings per month, Schwartzlose said.
"I've been a volunteer for scouts for more than 20 years, counting time when I lived in Huntington Beach, California," Schwartzlose said.
Schwartzlose, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, has one other passion, which relates to her work – reading.
For the past 15 years, she has been a member of the Friends of the Kingman Public Library.
"I believe in the library," Schwartzlose said.
"It's for everyone.
"The Friends give support, including monetary assistance for things not in the library budget.
We help with furnishings and the building of the building and annex, where we store donated books."
The Friends of the Kingman Public Library conduct three used book sales per year from the many donations received.
Books sell for anywhere from 25 cents to $2, with some rare ones in good condition priced higher.
Tami Belcher is president of the Friends of the Library and she does most of the sorting of books in the annex, Schwartzlose said.
Schwartzlose and Ann Cherry divide the books by category before they are placed on sale.
"At some sales, we've made between $1,200 and $1,400," Schwartzlose said.
The next used book sale is planned for 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
1-2 at the district library, which is located at 3269 N.
Donald and Sharon Schwartzlose moved from Huntington Beach to Golden Valley in October 1983 after purchasing property there.
In her spare time, Sharon likes gardening and raising chickens.
Neighbors is a feature that appears Monday in the Kingman Daily Miner.
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