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Volunteer of the Year, 92, likes break from ‘peace and quiet’

Community First Credit Union’s $500 award goes to Hope MacIntyre

Friday, June 28, 2019
Hope MacIntyre studied to be a teacher but set her career aspirations aside once she got married. Now 92, she is back in the classroom.

Since her husband died four years ago, ‘Grandma Hope’ has been serving as a volunteer teacher’s aide 1-3 days per week in the Waupaca School District, primarily with 4thgraders at Waupaca Learning Center Elementary School.

(Beth Davis and Molly Fee of Community First Credit Union present Hope MacIntyre with the Waupaca School District Volunteer of the Year award)

On June 10, MacIntyre received a standing ovation from district faculty when introduced as its Volunteer of the Year, an annual award sponsored by Community First Credit Union since 2003-04.

In accepting the award, Hope quipped that neither her children, grandchildren or great grandchildren live in Waupaca “so school is a great place to find children.”  

After volunteering, Hope said she enjoys going home to “peace and quiet. Peace and quiet is nice. Too much peace and quiet is awful. That’s why I enjoy volunteering.”

In presenting the award and the $500 for the school, Community First Vice President of Business Development Beth Davis said Hope also volunteers during Walk to School Wednesdays. “That must be why at her young age she’s so healthy,” Davis said.

Hope earmarked the award funds toward the purchase of noise-reduction ear muffs for use by 4thgrade students. “Not to keep the children from hearing what the teacher is saying but to help the children concentrate when they are doing individual work and not be distracted by others,” she said.

Grade 4 Teacher Amy Lemkuil, who nominated Hope, said, “She has an agile mind so I think that’s one of the reasons why she volunteers a lot. She wants to be active. It’s more than just being busy though, she wants to do something purposeful.”

“Hope always has a positive attitude and is eager to work with students,” said Mary Lewinski, a elementary school health aide. “She volunteers at least once a week and sometimes three days a week when the students have special projects. You can tell she loves the students and they in return respect and appreciate her.”

Lemkuil added, “What an inspiration to continue to serve others for a lifetime!”

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