by Kaneland Krier staff
MAPLE PARK—The Knights were on the field. The lights in Peterson Field were burning brightly. And for once, the parents who volunteer in the Kaneland Booster Barn concession stand were out watching their sons compete in the 5A playoffs.
Members of the Kaneland Education Association volunteered to take the parents’ place in the Booster Barn so they could watch the game.
“KEA recognizes that the Boosters are volunteers and mostly the parents of players on the field,” said Kaneland English teacher Nikki Madison, one of the volunteers. “They give up their time to volunteer, and in doing that, they give up their opportunity to see their kids perform. KEA wanted to recognize that, so we asked the Boosters if we could man the booth for them.”
Kindra Schumacher, a fourth-grade teach-er at Kaneland McDole Elementary School who volunteered, said that the KEA first worked in the Booster Barn on Senior Night, and then the Boosters contacted the association again to get volunteers to work during a playoff game.
The volunteers included teachers and paraprofessionals from all across District 302: Theresa Biddle, Leanndra Bowed, Tom Huels, Lorrie Hamblen, Pamela Gianakakos, Erica Lolling, Jim McKnight, Madison, Sharlene Momich, Emily Owen, Schumacher, Lori Williams, and Linda Zulkowski and her husband.
Some volunteers worked at the window taking orders and collecting money, while others helped prepare the food and others were runners between the two groups.
Schumacher said she most enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with former students and parents, years after they had left her elementary school classroom.