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Volunteers honored as Basehor-Linwood friends of education

April 27, 2006

More than 400 volunteer hours and devotion to youth athletics were the guiding force behind the nominations of Carol Wilson and the late JB Stinnett Jr. for the Kansas Friends of Education Awards.

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force notified the Basehor-Linwood school district Wilson was awarded the Certificate of Award and Stinnett a Certificate of Merit.

"Our district can be very proud of all of its volunteers," said Tammy Potts, YouthFriends Coordinator. "Year after year, our community volunteers embrace our schools."

Nominations were submitted from across the state of Kansas for categories including school volunteer, community leader, community/civic organization, partner activity and private/public institution.

Basehor-Linwood submitted nominations for Wilson as a school volunteer and Stinnett as a community leader.

"We're blessed to call Carol Wilson a YouthFriend," Potts said. "She is devoted not only to the students of Linwood Elementary, but also has a great love for the teachers. She truly is a shining example of a positive role model."

Wilson is in her second year as a mentor in the Basehor-Linwood YouthFriend volunteer program. She spends more than three and a half hours a day in Bev Riley's first grade class at Linwood Elementary.

"I enjoy seeing them (students) succeed, especially listening to them learn how to read," said Wilson. "It's so important that they do this now. Reading is such a wonderful first step to being successful, not just in school but in life."

This is the second year that a YouthFriend volunteer at Linwood Elementary School has received a Friends of Education award.

Stinnett's nomination was a way to pay homage to the volunteer legacy and memory from the community he so willingly served. Stinnett volunteered with more than 300 kids and 14 basketball teams.

"I count myself lucky to have been one of them," said one freshman girl. "He believed in us so much that sooner or later, you started to believe too."

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said, "Our community is without a doubt a better place because of JB, a man that dedicated his time and supported the youth of our basketball community."

Both award-winners will be recognized at a future school board meeting.

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