Principal honors school volunteers

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Doing ‘small things with great love’ touches lives, lifts spirits

By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor


CANNELTON – Many couldn’t attend because they were involved in the activities for which they were honored, Ginger Conrad said, but she and others representing Cannelton City Schools honored May 2 the volunteers who give time to the district.

In offering a prayer to open the recognition ceremony, the elementary principal said the volunteers “have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of many. They helped create a spirit of harmony for a common destiny for all of our children.”

“When I think of volunteerism,” she continued, “I think of Mother Teresa, because she gave so much of herself. And one of my favorite quotes is one from her that says, ‘We cannot do great things, but only small things with great love.’ That is what you all have done,” she said to those present and the rest of the more than 50 people and organizations “that have come together, touching lives of the children and lifting the spirits of all.”

Conrad listed many of the activities to which volunteers contribute, including annual back-to-school and fall festivals, grandparents days, holiday-baskets assemblies, holiday performances, parent-teacher nights, book fairs, staff holiday luncheons, field days, Veterans Day observances, student readers, the city’s heritage festival and others.

“Our No. 1 volunteer, I think everyone would agree, is our crossing guard, our special cop, Poppy,” Conrad said of Lewis Stubbs, explaining that he’s on duty every day to ensure the safety of children and smooth traffic flows.

Even though only a handful of the honorees could be present, “all of our spirits are here,” she said. “We thank you for giving of yourself and giving of your spirit. For our kids, our character word this month is compassion. You, sitting right here, are the best role models for that. We can talk to them about it, but when they see it in action, it really means a great deal more.”

Other individuals recognized included Amy Davis, Megan Cook, Kyle Harpenau, Laurie Long, Dan Hayden, April Harding, April Harden, Daniel Davis, Phillip Ball, Sara Clair, Bill Conrad, Amy Knight, Rob Henning, Angela Henning, Pat Jarboe, Kim Garrett, Jane Snyder, Andrea Maffia, Emily Reed, April Sturgeon, Andy Sturgeon, Jessica Hale, Alice Spencer, Chris Melton, Brandy Jones-Kleeman, Mindy Baumeister, Mallory DuPont, Manette VanWinkle and Margaret Anastasiades.

Businesses and organizations included Papa John’s Pizza, Fourth St. Baptist Church in Cannelton, Iron Gate Pizza, Tom’s Circle S, Cannelton Police Department, Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Perry County Wellness Committee, Wall’s Drive-In, Tell City Cinema, 4-H, Dairy Queen, Pizza Inn, Wendy’s, Perry County News, Perry County Courthouse, Perry County Emergency Medical Service, Girl Scouts, Cannelton Street Department, Perry County Junior Woman, Coca-Cola Co., Cannelton Fire Department, R & A Sports and Cannelton’s American Legion Post.