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Taking time to thank Wadena-Deer Creek School volunteers

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Wadena-Deer Creek has many wonderful volunteers who give of their time and talents every day. Pictured are a few of those much-appreciated volunteers who assist students and staff: (from left, standing) Sharla Fillhouer, reading volunteer, who also volunteers in many areas at WDC; Darren Kelderman, volunteer football coach; Wendy Gravelle, volunteer girls' basketball coach; Mary Ann Hagen, backpack food program volunteer; and Vince Hinojos, robotics mentor/volunteer. Fron...

Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools has more than 75 volunteers who give hours of their time to support students and staff every day.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their energy, their time and their commitment to our students," said Virginia Dahlstrom, superintendent, Wadena-Deer Creek Schools, in honor of national volunteer recognition week, April 11-15.

Volunteers at WDC School help in the following ways: reading to elementary students, First Robotics program, coaching, sports medicine at football games, Backpack for Kids program, Parent-Teacher Organization, Student Achievement Report (SAR) Committee, WDC Education Foundation board, WDC Community Education Advisory board, New School Building Committee, Bullying Prevention Committee, cafeteria volunteers, band/choir trip chaperones, office volunteers and more.

WDC School Board president Ann Pate said the school is especially grateful for the countless volunteers who stepped up to help WDC after the June 17, 2010 tornado.

"On behalf of the school board, I would like to thank the community volunteers who helped move school supplies, library books, desks, and so many other items," said Pate. "We also want to thank all of our staff who went above and beyond to relocate and reconfigure the school this past year."

For Melvin Smith, 92, who holds the distinction of being the school's oldest volunteer, said the students are the reason he enjoys volunteering at WDC.

"I love seeing the little kids," said Smith. "I enjoy being around all that energy!"