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Gunkel helps plant seeds of knowledge


Last updated 3/6/2008 at Noon

Mentoring Associates volunteer tutor Al Gunkel (left) sits with Fallbrook High School students and fellow tutors (from left) Edith Gomez, 14, Jessica Salas, 15, and Junita Guadarrama, 14, in the Valley View Learning Center on February 26.

Al Gunkel plays an important role at Fallbrook’s Valley View Learning Center, sponsored by Mentoring Associates. He volunteers his time as a tutor for many children enrolled in this special program.

Before Gunkel helped out as a tutor, he led a rather interesting life helping people. He served and protected his county in the Marine Corps. “I spent 20 years in the Marine Corps,” he said.

Following his retirement from the service, Gunkel decided to remain in California. “I liked the area, and I know a good thing when I see it,” he said, chuckling.

After the Marine Corps, Gunkel f...

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