Volunteers make a difference at Maple Lake Schools


Amanda Walhowe is a frequent story book reader at Maple Lake Elementary. She volunteers her time to read to kindergarten through third grades, and The Costume Shoppe in Maple Lake donates the costume. Volunteers read to students every Friday morning. Volunteer Coordinator Celeste Dahlstrom said it’s a nice break for students at the end of the week. (Photos submitted)

Maple Lake Firefighters are just some of the volunteers needed to pull off the mock crash. The school district puts on a mock crash every four years to remind high school students just how serious car accidents can be.

Marie Mavencamp has been volunteering at Maple Lake Elementary since 2007.
To the kids she meets in the hallway she’s the “lady who dresses up.” But she is much more than that.
A retired school teacher, one of Mavencamp’s roles is as a story book reader. Once a month she dresses up in a costume donated by The Costume Shoppe in Maple Lake, and reads a book to kindergarten through third grade students in the school media center.
“It’s fun, and I enjoy being silly with the kids,” she said.
Mavencamp is one of 300 or so volunteers that donate their time in some capacity, whether assisting teachers in their day-to-day activities or helping out with special events.

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