Super Star Volunteer Jan Johnston

Super Star Volunteer Jan Johnston
Volunteers are essential to the success of a school. They do many different jobs and help out in many different ways - helping to set up for special events, helping in the classroom, helping with arts and crafts, helping teachers prepare lessons materials, and more. Volunteers are valued by teachers and administrators and their time is greatly appreciated.

At Cox Elementary, one special volunteer is considered the heart and soul of the school. Jan Johnston has been volunteering at Cox for 53 years!

She started volunteering at the school when her son started kindergarten in 1966. Since then, her daughter also went through Cox, as have her three grandchildren, and one great grandson.

She has helped out in many different capacities over the years. She volunteered every single day at the school up until a couple years ago - today she volunteers two days a week in the library.

"Jan has welcomed many generations of children, staff and parents through the school," said Lynn Engle, Cox Librarian. "She greets the children with a smile and always has a kind word for them."

What keeps Jan motivated is the children.

"I've seen so many children grow up, and the staff too," she said. "I love all of the students and all of the teachers. I still keep in touch with a lot of the teachers who have retired."

She has no plans to stop anytime soon. She hopes to be able to volunteer as long as she is able to.

"We can't thank Jan enough for being such a dedicated volunteer for Cox Elementary," said Lisa Peterson, Principal. "She has selflessly given of her time and talents to support the students and staff over the years."

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