School celebrates the contributions of volunteers

With songs, food, praise and prizes, Maple Lake Schools celebrated the contributions of its volunteers for the 2001-2002 school year on Sept. 12 at Centennial Playground.

The featured presentation of the program produced by Community Care was the recognition of the school’s Volunteers of the Year.

Those honored included Leah Ortiz and Maureen McClanahan, who were cited for their efforts in supporting the Early Childhood and Family Education program.

Sherri Nichols was nominated by the high school Special Education staff for volunteering as a lifeguard at Camp Courage to give special needs children more physical education experiences.

Rev. Steven King was honored for a wide variety of volunteer activities within the school, from working on a mural in the high school cafeteria, performing at school events, to assisting at student dances and reading to students.

Pat and Connie Lahr received recognition for their efforts in establishing an organic garden for the elementary, which is now in its third harvesting season. The Lahr’s were also commended for teaching children how to take care of the earth while growing healthy foods.

Karen Carey was honored for her efforts as a classroom volunteer, her work with the elementary garage sale, and the assistance she provides to elementary staff by helping with office and clerical work.

And a group received the final award. The boys from the Maple Lake Recovery Center were honored for a long history of providing helping hands where they are needed, from planting trees, to moving equipment out of the flooded high school media center, helping with the school garage sale and transporting gymnastics equipment.