Pam Shipley
APRIL 2011 WINNER

1:45 PM, Apr 1, 2011   |    comments
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"I really love coming here and I hate leaving," Pam Shipley said. "If I can, I like to stay and I stay as late as I can. When I start something I want it done before I leave, so I will finish it before I go home."

Grandma Pam, as she known throughout Linton Elementary School, has been volunteering with the Poudre Valley School District for 23 years.

"I do almost anything that the teachers need," Shipley said.

It started when her oldest daughter, who was also a volunteer, asked her for help.

"I had four grandkids at this school at the time and I thought I'd get to see them and interact with other children and it just went from there," she said.

Those couple of hours a week turned into a whole lot more.

"[Somewhere] between 40 to 50 hour a week," Shipley said chuckling.

It's not just the hours that she works that makes her contribution to Linton Elementary School significant.

"She means a ton," first grade teacher Michelle Bilotta said. "She comes in every day, sometimes even before the teachers arrive and often after they are already gone. We couldn't live without her."

For this months 9Who Care recipient, Grandma Pam's passion is not only for the teachers, but for the kids as well.

"Pam has a message to share," Principal Kristin Stolte said. "Her message is: it doesn't matter where you are in your life, everyone probably has a few hours donate."

"By volunteering, you are really helping not just one or two people, but you are helping a whole community," Shipley added. "I think we as a society need to come together to help our children grow and learn and become confident adults."

If you know an outstanding volunteer, please nominate them for a 9Who Care Award.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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