School district volunteers worth every cent!

Pam Wolfe, of the Community Development Office, presented a service pin to Seniors Serving Schools volunteer Sandra Hanson. More than 35 pins were presented during this year’s volunteer appreciation bash. Pins are awarded annually for five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service. Photos by Marlene Colgan

Pam Wolfe, of the Community Development Office, presented a service pin to Seniors Serving Schools volunteer Sandra Hanson. More than 35 pins were presented during this year’s volunteer appreciation bash. Pins are awarded annually for five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service. Photos by Marlene Colgan

Volunteers are a huge part of the district’s success. They can be found helping in classrooms across the district, as well as lending a hand to support staff in many different offices. From the beginning of the school year through March, Seniors Serving Schools and Youth Mentors volunteers donated 15,381 hours of their time in the district.

Community Liaison Heather Schoonover addressed a group of more than 300 people at the district’s Volunteer Appreciation Bash on April 21. She shared that the value of these volunteer hours was $340,535.

The annual bash was a chance for the district to thank its Youth Mentors and Seniors Serving Schools volunteers, a group that has grown from 420 people last fall to nearly 480 this spring. Many other community patrons volunteer through Adopt-a-School programs and the Rotary Readers program.

The Olathe East High School Jazz Combo provided the entertainment at this year’s bash. Members of the Olathe Northwest High School Raven Link Crew served as greeters at the front door and helped guests find their table.

The Olathe East High School Jazz Combo provided the entertainment at this year’s bash. Members of the Olathe Northwest High School Raven Link Crew served as greeters at the front door and helped guests find their table.

“Each of you has a special story of who you are and what you’ve done,” Superintendent Marlin Berry told the crowd. “And that’s what makes you so special to have in our schools…. We need you more than ever. The things you do to help us on a daily basis are a critical part of our district. Thank you for all you do.”

Schoonover said volunteer gifts given at the event were donated by Chik-Fil-A, Farmers Insurance agents and Hallmark.

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