May 2013 Winner - Wayne Larsen
Students and staff and Wilkins Elementary would love for Mr. Wayne Larsen to be recognized for this very deserving award. Mr. Larsen is the grandfather of one of my current students and is an amazing person and invaluable volunteer to our school. Each day he arrives at our school promptly at 7:30 to help with breakfast. At 8:15, he quickly walks down the hallway to my classroom to help students with their math, where he has coined the nickname “Math Man” by my students. He has even taken on the role of “co-teacher” at times with all of his valuable life lessons, experiences, and knowledge that relate to our math lessons. As he helps the students with their math, he provides little jokes to brighten up their day. I consider him my 2nd teacher in the classroom. I have learned from the students that he even provides rides to kids after school. He doesn't just volunteer at our school, but also at a local preschool in our community. The students are amazed at how active he is in our community, but yet is “retired”. I couldn't think of a more deserving person for this award. Please consider Mr. Wayne Larsen for this award. He is such a positive role model for young students and he is an invaluable tie to our community. It would mean so much to all of us at our school, and the kids he helps, if Mr. Larsen could be recognized for his amazing work with kids and not let his love of life go unnoticed. Thank you!
There is a soft-spoken man who volunteers at Wilkins Elementary in the Linn-Mar School District. He walks down the hall wearing his visitor badge, yet the staff at Wilkins know that he is much more than a visitor. Wayne Larsen is part of the Wilkins' family. Wayne volunteers in classrooms, the lunch room, helps read tests to students in the library, and you can see him reading to a student in the hallway to help that student experience the joy of reading. Wayne plans his day around students. He doesn't necessarily have an agenda to follow. Wayne does what is needed. If teachers at Wilkins need an extra hand for a project or an extra reader for computerized tests, Wayne's name immediately comes up. The testing day arrives and so does Wayne. Why are teachers amazed by Wayne? He has the qualities that exemplify what we, as a staff, hold on to using the “Character Counts” pillars: Citizenship: volunteering your help. Caring: Being kind and helpful with your words and actions. Fairness: Listening to all points of view. Responsibility: Doing what needs to be done. Respect: Using active listening, and using good manners. Trustworthiness: Keeping promises, and modeling how to do the right thing. The students know that if Mr. Larsen says that he will be back tomorrow to read with them, that Mr. Larsen will be here. Wayne would be the last person to think of himself as one to be nominated for an award. Please consider Wayne Larsen for the A+ For Education award.
All the children at Wilkins Elementary know Mr. Larsen! He volunteers every morning to help assist the ninety students that eat breakfast at school. He always shares a riddle or joke with the children and insures all of them get started on their day in a positive way. Wayne Larsen is a wonderful male role model. He is wise, calm and thoughtful to the children and staff. After breakfast, he heads to a 4th grade classroom to assist children with over an hour of math instruction. Often he stays through the morning to read with at risk students, encouraging and supporting them as they learn to read. He is at school daily volunteering his time. He often attends school activities and events and routinely comes in the afternoon to finish a volunteer project. Wayne Larsen is dedicated with his whole heart and nurtures the students at Wilkins. He is highly committed to education and the staff and students of Wilkins Elementary. Please consider this wonderful volunteer for your award. Wayne Larsen is a wonderful example of how one person can make a big difference in the lives of children! He deserves an A+ for Education!
Wayne Larson is an A+ for Education for his dedication to the students at Wilkins Elementary year round. He volunteers in so many ways and is always willing to take on more. We can even count on Wayne to volunteer during our summer reading program. Wayne is a dedicated, well-respected volunteer at Wilkins. He is at our school so often kids know Mr. Larson is friendly, kind and patient. Wilkins is lucky to have him as part of our school community. People like Mr. Larson make a huge difference in the lives of children.
Mr. Larson has proven to be such a reliable and caring adult to not only the students, but also to the staff. He is here every day to serve with such graciousness! When there is a need, Mr. Larson steps in and saves the day! We are so lucky to have this wonderful volunteer here at Wilkins Elementary School!
Mr. Larsen has been a dedicated volunteer for our school for many years. He is willing to help out in all grade levels and is at our school every day. He arrives at school when the teachers arrive so that he can begin his work (even though he is not getting paid). Throughout his day he works with groups of children as well as individual children, working on math, reading, writing, or anything else they need. His valuable experience as a former teacher makes him priceless as a classroom volunteer. He has a very generous heart, and he is greatly appreciated by all of our staff. There is no person more deserving of this award.
Wayne Larsen volunteers every morning at Wilkins Elementary school, helping 75+ students with breakfast. He always has an encouraging word and helpful smile for the students. Wayne offers kind, positive words for the kids and knows each and every one of them by name. He truly inspires and amazes me with his selflessness each and every day.
Wayne volunteers at our school daily. He helps during breakfast every morning. He volunteers in many classrooms throughout the building on a daily basis. He is always such a bright, cheerful face in the building and the kids and the staff really enjoys getting to see him daily. Our building is very lucky to have such a wonderful man volunteering every day.
Mr. Larson is an almost constant presence in our school. He is here many days in the morning to volunteer to help the many kids with breakfast. When asked to help, I know that Mr. Larson rarely says no, if ever. In my kindergarten class, Mr. Larson has taken the neediest of students and helped them to learn Jolly phonics and other concepts. He is patient, kind, caring and honorable. He always has a smile and a kind word for everyone! Mr. Larson is truly deserving of this honor!
Mr. Larson comes to Wilkins every day! That alone constitutes an award, but what he does when he gets there is incredible. Most of us would agree that 'lunchroom' duty isn't always the most pleasant duty, but he volunteers to be there every morning as the kids come through to get their breakfast. There are days that he is confronted with angry, tired kids that don't want to be at school. He shows patience and concern and tries to change the mood of the child before s/he starts the academic day. After he helps clean up after breakfast, I often hear him reading with kids independently. The kids see him in many different lights as a volunteer and I think that is so important for kids to see volunteering in action and to be in the midst of a great role-model.
Wayne Larsen is an outstanding person, volunteer, mentor and friend to Wilkins Elementary. He volunteers EVERY day in our breakfast program, helping 4th with math, etc. He is here several times during the day and is a caring person who takes the time to learn all students’ names and genuinely cares about each individual student. All students adore him!
He goes above and beyond volunteering. He helps with the before-school breakfast room every day. He volunteers in the classroom every day. He is here every day and always has a cheerful disposition. He always has a funny joke or pun for the office staff. He is a figure for our students to look up too.
Wayne Larson is an amazing volunteer who enriches the lives of the students at Wilkins Elementary on a daily basis. Mr. Larson is a grandparent of a student in our school. He volunteers at our school every day. He monitors the breakfast program each morning. In addition, he volunteers in the classrooms as well. Mr. Larson has donated countless hours to the Linn-Mar Community School District. He is so kind, compassionate, and giving of his time to others. In addition, Mr. Larson is so dependable. We know that we can count on him on a daily basis to make our school run more smoothly. Mr. Larson is a terrific man who really does make the world a better place.
Mr. Larson is awesome and is here every day. He works so hard to help the kids do their best and to encourage them to work to their highest potential. He is a friendly face in the halls to every child at Wilkins.
Mr. Larsen is one of our super volunteers who comes to our school every morning to help with breakfast. He has also given his time to help in math classes, read with students, and a variety of other things. If we need help, we know all we have to do is ask Mr. Larsen, and he is more than willing to do anything to help the staff and students of Wilkins Elementary School. The patience and positive attitude he has with our students is amazing!
Wayne is the ultimate volunteer! He so generous with his time here at Wilkins. He comes to our school nearly every day and volunteers to help the students with lessons and activities in the classroom. This summer he volunteered for our summer reading program as a lead “teacher” with our youngest students in helping them maintain their reading skills over the summer. It was great to have a male volunteer who was so kind and patient to work with those kiddos. We love Mr. Larsen at our school! He deserves as A+ for Education!
Wayne Larsen is a wonderful volunteer and role model at Wilkins Elementary School. Grandfather to a current and a former student, Wayne is a favorite of both the kids and the adults at the school. He is the first face that many children see in the morning, as he helps them open their juice at breakfast while giving them warm greetings and supportive words to start their days. Wayne continues to boost the kids throughout the day, helping in classrooms, on field trips, and reading with children one-on-one. No job is too big or too small for this wonderful man, and he is always there to lend a hand with a smile on his face. Wayne is such a great example to our students, showing the importance of responsibility, determination, and caring through both words and actions, while his thoughtful demeanor, abundance of experience, and expertise on a variety of subjects are valued by the adults in the building. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for such an honor as this gentleman who is so dedicated to education.
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