Fort Riley, Kansas



More than 80 people recognized at Volunteer of Quarter ceremony

By Calun Reece | acs.volunteer | May 20, 2013

Serving Soldiers, youth and the local community are what many Fort Riley volunteers are about. Participants, Family and friends gathered for the Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony May 7 at Riley's Conference Center.

More than 80 volunteers were recognized from the past quarter.

Sgt. Kevin Lee, Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard, was one of the volunteers recognized for helping with Child, Youth and School Services Youth Sports, serving Soldiers, his church and assisting in his wife's special needs classroom.

Helping out in the classroom has been where a lot of his volunteer time has been spent, Kevin said.

"It's rewarding," he said. "One kid that's got nonverbal autistic, he doesn't really communicate with any other males except me that come into the classroom, and he always comes up and gives me a hug when he sees me."

"The work he does is amazing," said Kevin's wife, April, Fundamental Life Skills teacher, Custer Hill Elementary School.

The class is a mixture of third- and fourth-graders, April said, and her husband works well with them.

"I'm just proud of him – really proud – and my class benefits with him coming in and reading to them, and working one-on-one with them," she said.

Kevin volunteers in the classroom whenever he can, which is about once a week, she said.

"He even spends his days off from his regular job helping in the classroom," April said.

Children also set the example for volunteer efforts at the recognition ceremony.

Sedona Troutman, 10, Fort Riley Elementary School, said she enjoys helping out at the Soldier Family Assistance Center.

Troutman not only cooks and cleans at the SFAC, but she also keeps Soldiers company while they are away from Family.

"A lot of them are there for medical treatment and (a medical) evaluation board, away from their homes up to a year and a half," said Sedona's mother, Melonie Gillilan of Omaha, Neb. "Soldiers tell her she brings happiness to the place."

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