River Falls School District recently honored this year's volunteers of the year. Representatives from the schools at which the honorees volunteer shared a few words about each volunteer.

Rachel Schultz

Greenwood Elementary

Principal Nate Schurman

"Rachel Schultz is co-president of our PTO and work limits her day-to-day volunteering, but she has been a member of the PTO for many years and helps a lot behind the scenes preparing between events, and is present working at events as well."

Jamie Partyka

Greenwood Elementary School

Principal Nate Schurman

"Jamie Partyka joined our PTO last year and is currently our treasurer. She does an amazing job and is always willing to help. She helps with all events from popping popcorn to planning the carnival."

Grace Gilberg

River Falls Public Montessori Elementary

Paraprofessional Stacy Delwiche

"(Grace Gilberg) takes the initiative to meet the needs of our school and our students. She spent many hours volunteering for fundraising events. She dedicates her time, energy and creativity to the various events for the school year."

Anne Harris

Rocky Branch Elementary School

Principal Chuck Eaton

"Ann is a phenomenal individual who exudes her love for kids (and life) on a daily basis. Ann volunteers her time popping corn, supervising the lunchroom, teaching students games to use at recess, and how to jump rope like a professional. Ann single-handedly makes sure our staff is 'well rounded' by regularly baking and stocking our staff lounge with cookies and other sweet treats. Ann and her husband have virtually adopted our school and are a fine example of 'Doing Good in this World.'"

Desiree Fredrickson

Westside Elementary School

Principal Christopher Kamrath

"She helps our school on so many levels. This year she is serving as both our PTO president and treasurer (because no one else would serve as treasurer.) She has done a wonderful job leading our PTO this year. That has included putting on numerous family events after school hours. She also volunteers as a Rotary Reader in our building where she reads with seven students weekly. As part of this time she reads with the student and also spends time with them. Beyond that she is paraprofessional in our building. Our building is without a doubt a better place because of Desiree's dedication to our school."

Trent Zuber

Meyer Middle School

Volunteer Coordinator Tara Alborez

"With regards to Trent, back in 2015 three boys approached Mr. Campbell about the possibility of starting a club for a card game - Magic the Gathering. Mr. Campbell sent out an email to see if any staff members would be interested in helping to facilitate this group. Mrs. Zuber, Trent's wife, is a teacher at MMS and mentioned it to Trent. He said he would be interested in working with the students if there wasn't a staff member interested/able to take it on. Trent began coming in twice per month, taking time off of work to make it happen, to work with the students. Trent teaches kids how to play the game and plays against those that already know how. The highlight for students is when they all play against Trent, trying to beat him of course. This group now has over 50 members. Students that have moved onto high school have even started a group there and continue to play. "

Toni Velure

Renaissance Academy

Coordinator Chris Silver

"Toni Velure has been volunteering every Friday at the Renaissance Charter Academy. She has been helping several of our students learn how to sew. In addition, she took the time to create an embroidered blanket for all of our students. Each student has a blanket with his or her name on it. She has developed many positive relationships with our students and checks in with them often. She has been a role model for our school community."

Barb Kolpin

River Falls High School

Principal Kit Luedtke

"Barb assists in our library with cataloging, inventory, assisting students and working with Cheryl Hoffman to enhance the services we provide students on a daily basis. Her time is invaluable and greatly appreciated by our team and students."