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Letter: Volunteers deserve special week

It's time to celebrate the River Falls School District volunteers. The week of April 21-27 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

We are thankful for our volunteers every day, but this week serves as formal recognition for their time and efforts.

Volunteers play a vital role in the success of our schools. This year they will log over 13,600 hours volunteering at each of our schools.

Volunteers provide a tremendous amount of help throughout the year -- copying papers, laminating, chaperoning field trips, preparing classroom materials, assisting reading groups, hanging artwork, coordinating, running fundraisers, helping with projects that are just too big for one person and more.

The time our volunteers commit to the schools allows our teachers and staff to spend more time in the classroom and less time in the workroom. It also creates an opportunity for them to engage directly with our students in many ways.

We use this week to celebrate our volunteers, to offer our sincerest appreciation for all they do, and spotlight the impact that they have on our schools.

Our volunteers include parents, grandparents, community members and students from MMS, RFHS and UWRF. They are those directly connected to a particular school and those that help across the district.

We are lucky to have so many who inspire our students and staff by their actions.

On behalf of the district, we thank everyone who has helped make a difference in our district and in the lives of our children.

Please know that you have made a lasting impact in the lives of many!