Schools recognize outstanding volunteer

Sharon Emerling
Contributing writer

***image1***Raymond Quenga, a volunteer at the Landstuhl Elementary and Middle School, was honored as the 415th Base Support Battalion Volunteer of the Quarter at a luncheon on Feb. 10 at Arm-strong’s Community Club on Vogelweh.
“It is my pleasure to nominate Raymond Quenga for volunteer of the quarter. I have been teaching for 13 years and have not met a more outstanding, dedicated volunteer to work with my students,” said Michelle Groth, kindergarten teacher at LEMS.
“Mr. Q.” as the students refer to him, volunteers in the kindergarten classroom at least six hours per week. He also volunteers six hours per week in Bena Leismann’s first-grade classroom. He is active in cooking, math, art, one on one, and small group work.
Students frequently ask “Is Mr. Q. coming today?”
“Mr. Q. always goes the extra mile,” said Mrs. Groth. “He recently videotaped a school program. He then went home, dubbed the tape and brought it back so the children could see themselves perform. The kids were so excited to see themselves on video.”
When Mr. Quenga is not volunteering at the school, he is a self-employed disc-jockey and a portrait artist. During the holidays, he drew free-hand silhouettes for students in both the kindergarten and first-grade classes to give to their parents for Christmas.
“He is amazing and can turn any idea into a work of art,” said Ms. Leisman.
To date, Mr. Quenga has logged more than 100 hours in each classroom already this year, and shows no signs of slowing down. He is truly the volunteer of the quarter.