WICHITA, Kansas – Three people were surprised with Excellence in Public Service Awards.
Claire Overstake was chosen as USD 259 employee.
She works at Stucky Middle School.
She was helping a student and didn’t even realize they were in the room right away.
Overstake got the honor for all of her volunteer work including at the Museum of World Treasures, the state science fair, and her church.
“We live in a special community and to be able to be a part of it and all of us should continue to volunteer, find opportunities and to give to make Wichita the great place that it is to live, and to continue to make it even greater,” said Overstake.
Overstake says she is glad her students got to see the presentation because it will help them realize the importance of volunteering.
Over at city hall, Shirley Rogers thought she was about to attend a meeting when the city manager walked into the room and called her up.
She is a Division Supervisor for Wichita Public Works and Utilities who in her spare time coaches youth teams and volunteers at school, church and the zoo.
“You don’t think about what you’re doing, you’re just trying to make sure things are done, objectives are being met, you’re doing what you’re supposed to do in the right ways you’re supposed to do it, and then to be recognized for it is such an honor.
The other part of Shirley’s surprise was that her family was invited and got to see her get the award.
The Sedgwick County winner was lured to the WSU Metroplex for a meeting that turned out to be a party for her.
Adrienne Byrne-Lutz is the Health Protection Division Director for the county.
In addition to her work, she helps at the River Festival, the Flight Festival, and the Convoy of Hope.
Each of this years winners got a check of $2,500 from the Devore Family Foundation.
KSN is proud to be one of the sponsors of this annual event.