Appreciating You, Our Amazing Volunteers!
As the nation celebrates volunteers this month, Edina Public Schools and Community Education had the opportunity to recognize Bob Pfefferle at the City of Edina’s Community Volunteer Recognition Reception last Monday, April 15. Bob began his volunteer journey in 2013 as a homework helper at Cornelia Elementary School and has since given support to many of our students, teachers and programs.
After volunteering at Cornelia for several years, Bob expanded on his volunteer efforts by lending his support to Edina High School in the 2016-17 school year. He assisted students in the STEM program Project Lead the Way as well as gave career exploration presentations to classes about civil engineering.
“Bob was the very first volunteer I met when I started my position,” says Carynn Roehrick, Community Resources and Volunteer Program Manager at Edina Public Schools. “Since the beginning, he has set the bar high for every volunteer that comes through my door.”
In 2017-18, Bob went back to the elementary level and has found his match helping first grade students at Creek Valley Elementary School. Along with weekly visits for reading, Bob provides special Dr. Seuss themed reading events throughout the year where he dresses up as a character from the book and reads it aloud to them. Each November, Bob also educates the students about Veteran’s Day by sharing stories of his time in the Navy and teaches them the importance of properly honoring men and women in the armed forces.
“Bob is one of a kind– truly a gem,” say the first grade teachers at Creek Valley Elementary School. “He has dedicated his time to reading with our first graders twice a week. He considers them his extended grandchildren and makes each of them feel so loved. They all beg to read with him over and over, and at each visit Bob reminds them about the importance of reading and being a good student.”
Thank you, Bob, and thank you to the hundreds of parent, community member and high school student volunteers who support our classrooms and programs year-round! We are incredibly grateful for your efforts and for you brightening the days of our students and staff by your presence!
During the 2017-18 fiscal year we had over 20,000 hours of volunteer support, which is over $510,000 in donated time! We also had 537 classroom presentations given through our Curriculum Resources Program.