Ken Stark Among Those Honored for being Vinton-Shellsburg Difference Makers

The late teacher and coach Ken Stark, and several members of the community have been recognized by the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District Foundation for their contributions to the education and well-being of students. The Foundation is also recognizing other members of the community including Jo Sainsbury, recognized for her years as a teacher, administrator, and board member, and Julie Clingman for being an outstanding volunteer at Tilford. Also recognized are Larry Druschel and Dave Vermedahl who have volunteered as the announcers of Viking football for 40 years.   The school district’s foundation recently established the “Gifts of Gratitude” program to honor individuals who have made or continue to make a difference in the lives of students. Everyone is invited to remember and celebrate the outstanding contributions school staff, and volunteers have made for them, their family members, or school students in general. A form on the foundation’s website is available to post your gratitude and can be reached by www.vscsdfoundation.org/gifts-of-gratitude. The web address also provides an opportunity to share your appreciation for the contributions of those who have been mentioned above.   In addition to expressing gratitude, the program’s goal is to support today’s PreK-12 students by providing increased financial support for students. Tony Bopp has redirected $10,000 used to establish a scholarship in memory of his wife, Jill, class of 1973, to be the founding gift of the new program. These funds will be used to provide opportunities for students interested in the performing arts.   “I think Jill would be ecstatic about having her memorial funds put to work for students to experience the performing arts,” explained...

Ken Stark: Gifts of Gratitude

Steve Meyer has nominated Ken Stark as a difference maker in his life. When asked how he made a difference, Steve said “Without a doubt, Coach Ken Stark was the most influential teacher of my high school era because he taught me to learn from the past. As a senior, he motivated me to reach beyond my comfort zone to participate in cross-country, the only athletic sports activity of my high school...

Julie Clingman: Gifts of Gratitude

Julie Clingman has been anonymously nominated as a difference maker in the VS school district! When asked how she made a difference, her nominator said “Julie volunteers at Tilford almost every day working with our ELP students and helping in the library. She takes the time to do special projects with the students, and she makes them feel special by spending extra time with them as well. The students have so much fun and enjoy their time with Julie!”   Thank you, Julie, for being a great leader and role model for our...

Dwight Sanders (in memoriam) and Bonnie Sanders: Gifts of Gratitude

Frank Van Steenhuyse, a class of 1967 graduate, nominated Dwight and Bonnie Sanders as difference makers for the VS school district and community. Frank says that “Bonnie and Dwight opened their farm and pumpkin patch to thousands of schoolchildren over the span of 40 years and enhanced the student’s educational experience and knowledge in a fun and memorable way.” Thank you for giving our students a fun, safe and educational experience at your pumpkin patch!...

Glenn Moreland: Gifts of Gratitude

Joe Stein, a class of 1976 graduate,  nominated Mr. Glenn Moreland as a difference maker in his life. Mr. Moreland taught Chemistry, Physics and Physical Science at Washington High school.  “He [Glenn] instilled in me an enthusiasm for and appreciation of humankind’s ability to investigate and solve problems; using mathematics, reason, and logic he was able to unravel mysteries right before our eyes.” Joe says that Glenn possessed “a generous spirit and had great enthusiasm for sharing and encouraging his students.”  ...

Cheryl and Harold Knack: Gifts of Gratitude

Sarah Mathis nominated Cheryl and Harold Knack as difference makers within the VS School District.   Sarah says that “Cheryl and Harold volunteer at Tilford Elementary School. Every week, they spend a couple of hours working with first, second and third graders. They take time out of their busy schedules to get to know each student individually and help students meet academic goals. They have built excellent rapport with each student and have a positive, energetic attitude towards our students. Students “can’t wait” for them to come each week so they can show off what they’ve learned since last week. We give an extra shout out and thank you for outstanding community members like Harold and Cheryl that take time to help our students become the best they can be!”   Thank you, Cheryl and Harold, for being fantastic role models and difference makers to our students and in our...

Sandy Hamilton: Gifts of Gratitude

Sandy Hamilton was nominated by a co-worker as a difference Maker. Her co-worker says “Sandy goes above and beyond with every student in the school. She cares deeply about the sucess of all students in the building. She work hours way out of her contracted hours to make sure students succeed. As a co-worker she also cares about everyone in the building. She is a difference maker in the Vinton-Shellburg school district!!”   Thank you Sandy for being a difference maker within the VS school...