The success of the Blue Valley School District depends not only on its teachers and administrators, but also on the contributions of community partners and volunteers who donate their time, resources and talent to providing opportunities to the schools. That was the message the district delivered at its board meeting Monday when it issued seven Friend of Education awards to area individuals and organizations.
The awardees are listed below along with write ups describing their service as provided by the district:
Jerry Freidberg came to Blue Valley Schools nearly a decade ago looking for an opportunity to give back to his community. He signed up as a YouthFriends volunteer with the district and was placed as a first grade volunteer at Mission Trail Elementary where he has been serving ever since. Jerry embodies what it means to be a VIP: a “volunteer in partnership,” but more appropriately a “very important person” to our Blue Valley students and staff.
Richard Napper and Curt Petersen
Richard Napper and Curt Petersen worked together with Blue Valley Schools to bring improvements to facilities at Blue Valley North with the Blue Valley North Campus Improvement Project, including new sports field lighting, artificial turf and drainage improvements to the fields. This project, which was part of the 2012 bond, has created new opportunities for students and is a true asset to the Mustang community made possible thanks in large part to the support of Richard Napper and Curt Petersen.
The Leawood Police Department, Overland Park Police Department and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are three institutions that partner with Blue Valley Schools to ensure the safety and security of students and staff. The law enforcement departments respond quickly in times of need, provide guidance to administrators, students and families and collaboratively problem-solve complex situations with staff.
My Father’s House Furnishings Ministry
My Father’s House Furnishings Ministry has partnered with Blue Valley Schools over the past four years to help others in need by coordinating more than 200 volunteers to remove end-of-life classroom furniture in an efficient manner. The Schools Furnishing Hope! team then distributes the items to organizations in need. Their efforts save the district tens of thousands of dollars each year in logistical costs.