Something to shout about

A raucus crowd cheered school volunteers at luncheon, but one stood out
Apr. 17, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Cheerleaders from South Caldwell High School rallied the crowd into a frenzy Wednesday as volunteers in the Caldwell County School system were honored at a luncheon held at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Davenport A+ School volunteer Keila Keller was named the Lorraine S. Mummert 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

"I was very much taken by surprise," Keller said afterward. "I'm very pleased. It means a lot to be able to be a volunteer and to make a difference in the life of a child."

Keller says the motto she lives by is, "We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give." She has logged more than 350 volunteer hours this school year, and nearly 2,000 hours since becoming a volunteer. She has helped out in the schoool office, assisting with the book fair, served on the PTA board, planned fund raisers, chaperoned students on field trips, and serving as a tutor and test proctor. She also served as volunteer coordinator for Davenport for several years.

Last year, volunteers worked more than 60,000 hours in the school system.

Volunteers of the year for each school were: Debra R. Cardinal (Baton Elementary); Andrea French (Caldwell Career Center Middle College); Cheryl Eavenson (Caldwell Early College); Gwen Key (Collettsville School); Kiela Keller (Davenport A+ Elementary); Vickie Taylor (Dudley Shoals Elementary); Dianne West (Gamewell Elementary); Michelle Farr (Gamewell Middle); Kathy Wood (Granite Falls Elementary); Jennifer Hatfield (Granite Falls Middle); Natassia Price (Happy Valley School); Mary Bruce (Hibriten High); Lori Anne Bowen (Horizons Elementary); Amy Gibson (Hudson Elementary); Stephen Jones (Hudson Middle); Debbie Hicks (Kings Creek); Paula Nelson (Lower Creek Elementary); Ken McDonald (Oak Hill School); Dan and Pat Icard (Sawmills Elementary); Daryl Triplett (South Caldwell High); Shelia Drum (Valmead Elementary); Ronald Vance (West Caldwell High); Kate Esch (West Lenoir Elementary); Nakisha Hartley (Whitnel Elementary), and Michele Pezzi (William Lenoir Middle).