April 21-25 is School Volunteer Appreciation Week. With more than 1,000 volunteers participating in Oregon Trail schools, there is a lot of appreciating to do.
As I visit our schools and talk with the many involved parents and community members, I am impressed by their unwavering cheerful and positive attitudes. Their constructive and heart-felt participation helps us to continually improve the quality of our education system. Because of them, our students not only are more successful, but our schools are more effective.
The success of our volunteer program is due in large part to our committed school volunteer coordinators, who are themselves volunteers. They spend countless hours recruiting and training volunteers and forming effective education teams to ensure the needs of our students are met. Please join me in thanking Christy Rushing, Norma James, Mayla Litzenbery, Jennifer Reiser, Linda Sasse, Tracy Hoyle, Linda Long, Cheryl VanBeek, Lori Thompson, Dana Behan, Laura Gillin, Michelle Carmony, Kristy Leslie, Susan Leininger and Katrina Wadkins.
On May 6, the Oregon Trail Education Foundation will recognize the efforts of many of our volunteers and community partners at their annual Excellence in Education event at The Resort at the Mountain. This event is a token of appreciation for the generous citizens of our community who help boost the educational achievement of our students.
I personally thank the many outstanding parents and community members who give our schools so much. These volunteers ask nothing in return, but they should take great satisfaction in knowing that our students and educational community are more successful because of their efforts.