Eudora Schools Foundation Announces 2019 Outstanding Eudora Schools Volunteer
Tuesday, September 3, 2019; Eudora, KS: The Eudora Schools Foundation is pleased to announce that Barbara Keltner was named the Outstanding Eudora Schools Volunteer of The Year.
The award recognizes community members that go above and beyond in their volunteer service to the district. Each spring, district employees are asked to nominate school volunteers that exceed in their commitment and dedication to our schools.
“There were many very deserving nominees, and the selection committee had a difficult task of narrowing it down to one honoree,” said Shanda Hurla, ESF Executive Director. “However, Mrs. Keltner's nominations clearly affirmed her commitment, her devotion, and her passion for serving others. We are extremely grateful for all that she has done for our students, staff, and schools.”
Here are just a few comments that demonstrate the outstanding contributions Mrs. Keltner makes in Eudora Schools:
· Mrs. Keltner always greets everyone with a giant smile and a large dose of positivity and kindness. She volunteers her time consistently every week in the library at EMS and at EES. She always makes an effort to reach out to the students to help them find books or help them with other things around the school. She has a true service heart and volunteers her time all around the community to make it a better place. I just love that she always advocates for the Eudora schools throughout the community and is a great role model and support for everyone who crosses paths with her. She is very appreciated.
· Mrs. Keltner goes above and beyond each week to serve in her granddaughter's classroom. She not only puts up and takes down bulletin boards, but she works individually with students, makes copies, draws maps on tortillas, organizes the classroom library, cuts and stacks, and sprays paint to make Leprechaun faces -- she's truly a Jack of all trades! Lastly, she's gotten me to think proactively about how I can create partnerships with volunteers to gain more time with my family. I've been able to rest more because she's taken on part of the load, and does it with excellence. We love her very much, and are thankful to have her as part of our crew!
"Volunteering in the EES and EMS libraries is a perfect way for this retired school librarian to keep my toe in the library door so I may continue to enjoy seeing eager young readers get excited about books," said Barbara Keltner. "In addition, volunteering in my granddaughter's classroom at EES gives me a chance to see what neat projects and topics they're studying so I can ask her about them later. I thoroughly enjoy being around great educators, and Eudora schools are full of those. So it's win-win for me to volunteer in the schools."
“Our district is made so much stronger by the contributions of outstanding volunteers like Mrs. Keltner. She has played a pivotal role in the libraries at each of our buildings. In addition, she is gives so much of her time to volunteering in our classrooms. Mrs. Keltner's contributions represents the big difference that one person can make by being generous with time and talent,” said Steve Splichal, Eudora Schools Superintendent.
The Eudora Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) that generates resources, builds relationships, and champions public education in Eudora Public Schools. Founded in 2006, the Foundation exists to enhance the quality of education through partnerships with the community. By supporting the ESF, the entire community is contributing to every Eudora student’s success.