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(Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted to the Call-Leader by Bev Groover, Elwood Elementary principal.)
Staff Member of the Month:
Elwood Elementary has chosen Shari Vehikite as the first “Staff Member of the Month” for the corporation for the 2021-22 school year.
This was an easy choice because the entire corporation benefits from the hard work and passion Shari puts into her job day in and day out.
As our school nurse, we can go on and on about how she takes care of our children ages 16 months to grade two. She does everything from adding band-aids to wounds, to changing clothing, taking endless temperatures, treating diabetes, tending to broken bones, and so on.
Her list seems endless and many are “hard tasks” most people would walk away from. Oh, and we don’t even have to mention COVID-19! Shari has been an integral part of planning, implementing and supervising everything COVID-related.
She has been a huge support to all buildings when it comes to this tragic epidemic. Yes, we know Shari is a “SUPER NURSE,” but that isn’t even her best quality. Shari is at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to being a kind-hearted human being.
She is always positive and upbeat about everything. She calms us down when we need her, and she is supportive to everyone she comes into contact with. Babies, students, teachers, staff members, parents, and community members are all aware of the hard work, dedication and time Shari puts into her life’s work. We all know that Shari could choose someone else to be, but we are so happy that she chooses us!
Thank you, Shari, for everything you do for everyone at EES and ECSC. You are truly one-of-a-kind.
Student of the Month:
Elwood Elementary has chosen second-grade student Elena Boles as the “Student of the Month.”
Elena is in Miss Hobson’s class and this has been a very challenging year for her. At the beginning of the year, Elena’s younger sister, who battles diabetes, had a severe stroke.
This turned the family’s world upside down. The “normal life” most second-graders experience definitely took a different turn for Elena. For over three long months, she learned how to cope with the worry and anxiousness of what was going on around her.
Her family had to be with her sister, and Elena wanted nothing more than to be with her and protect her as well. There were times when Elena cried herself to sleep with worry, but she would rise each morning, come to school and do her part to keep the family and her learning intact.
Elena showed more courage and compassion than most adults would all while trying to cope with her own responsibilities. Her sister has a long road in front of her, but thank goodness she has the strong support of this “super-hero-second-grader” who watches over her daily.
She is her foundation while she is at school and it is heart warming to see her clutch her sister’s hand as she leads her in each day.
Elena is a responsible, caring and determined young lady. She is working hard on her academics, but what really makes her special is how she is there for those who need her. She is a positive role model for those around her, and we have come to look up to her and her courage.
Thank you, Elena, for taking care of your sister, your family, and yourself. We are very proud of you!