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NKSD to honors it many volunteers

POULSBO — One person can make a difference.

Collectively, volunteers can create a ripple touching lives for years to come.

During the 2005-2006 school year, countless residents showed their dedication to the community, donating nearly 100,000 hours of their time to the North Kitsap School District.

The NKSD will recognize those thoughtful individuals during a volunteer awards tea at 5:30 p.m. April 19 in the North Kitsap High School commons. NKSD community relations secretary Therese Caldwell said she expects 100 to 130 people to attend the event.

In some areas, volunteer efforts may go unnoticed. This definitely isn’t the case in North Kitsap.

“It’s gratifying seeing the number of folks come forward and be involved,” Caldwell said. “It’s going to be great to thank everyone who donated their time. The celebration is going to be fun.”

The NKSD saw individuals volunteer in nearly every facet of school district endeavors.

“Between school events, committees and capital projects we just had so many people come and do it,” Caldwell said. “It’s so amazing.”

Not only does the volunteers’ mentoring have a positive effect on students, it also has a profound impact on their own lives.

“It helps create synergy within the community,” Caldwell said. “It makes such a huge difference and creates a bond.”

The bond shared between students and mentors can leave a lasting impression on both.

“It’s so important for students to know that they matter. They really need to understand that,” she said. “The support these adults give students is invaluable.”

Kingston resident John Peiguss has offered his services as a volunteer at North Kitsap High School since 2004.

“People who volunteer have an opportunity to share their experiences,” Peiguss said. “The more contact students have with people that are successful, the better it is for them.”

Volunteers wishing to offer their services are always appreciated at the NKSD.

“Whether someone’s strength is in reading, math or science it doesn’t matter. We’re always welcoming new volunteers,” Caldwell said. “They make a difference.”

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