Celebrating Our Volunteers! The 2017 Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Ceremony

Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Ceremony 2017

Recently, volunteers, board members and staff gathered at the Ready Readers office to celebrate the successes of the past school year.  We gratefully acknowledge everyone’s hard work and dedication. These awards honored a few of the many exceptional individuals who generously donate their time.  We value their high level of commitment that contributes to the success of our mission.  This year’s honorees include:

 2017 Distinguished Long-Term Reader

Lesley Wandling

Founding reader, book coordinator, & event facilitator


2017 Exceptional Volunteer of the Year

Candice Barchenger

Leaving us after reading to 7 classes  for 4 years


2017 Outstanding Community Partner

Robert Becker, Kirkwood Youth Service

Warehouse packing, event set-up, nametag prep, label & yarn cutting


 2017 Outstanding Corporate Partner

Allison Devitre & Joan Ragda-Heath, Monsanto

Book packing, book drive, & fund raising


Lesley Wandling; Pat Simons, Founder
Monsanto’s People Team
Kirkwood Youth Services