Celebrating Teachers

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit #81 in El Dorado first delivered apples to teachers in February for Valentine’s Day but were only able to take them to the elementary schools due to the winter storm.

This past week they were able to finish their mission of delivering apples to all the teachers in the El Dorado school district when they took apples to El Dorado Middle School and El Dorado High School.

EHS Principal Bruce Lolling, center, with apples for the teachers from American Legion Auxiliary members Karen Hasting, left, and Virginia Ball, right.

“We know they have had a rough year, so we wanted to let them know that we appreciate them,” said Karen Hasting, member of the ALA Unit #81.

Margie Jordan and Kristy Bieberle hold the apples brought to EMS by American legion Auxiliary members Karen Hasting, left and Virginia Ball, right.

Each basket was filled with gala apples, one for every teacher at each school, and attached to each apple was a note that said “You are the apple of our eye.”

The ALA Unit meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion George Ball Bingo Hall in El Dorado. All members are encouraged to attend as well as those wishing to learn more about the organization.

The American Legion Auxiliary is an organization of male and female spouses, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion. Some are also veterans.

Remembering Jeff Glaves

Dear Readers, permit me to set aside my journalistic detachment to the news I typically present, and indulge me in the opportunity to share my heart regarding my friend Jeff Glaves.

Jeff Glaves, owner of Glaves Realty and beloved son, brother, father, uncle and friend to many.

I worked, both, with and for Jeff on several different occasions over the 20 plus years we knew each other. He was among the first people I met after moving to Kansas. He was finishing his degree at Wichita State University and about to marry Janell Crenshaw. During their 13 year marriage, I had the privilege of watching them create a family with 3 beautiful children Laynie, Cole, and Jesse.

It is my earnest hope and prayer everyone has or will have a friend like I had in Jeff. I am not the only person who had a special connection with him. It had nothing to do with me but rather him – it’s who he was.

Jeff, surrounded by his children, from left to right, Cole, Laynie and Jesse.

His parents, Rick and Kathy (Brown) Glaves, raised Jeff, and his brother Scott, to look up to God and reach out to man. They so generously shared him with the world, that many of us thought of him as “Our Jeff.”

The Light of Jesus shined so brightly through him, it was visible. He was a kind, thoughtful gentleman, through and through. He was the gentlest of men with a servant’s heart and never met a stranger. He was a jokester with an infectious laugh and had a smile that you felt.

He was imperfectly perfect and understood his own weaknesses to the degree that he drew his quiet, inner strength from his dependence on Jesus. Second to his love for Jesus, was his love for his family. He was a prayer partner for and with me. One of his ongoing requests, and the last one he asked of me, was for his children and their walk with the Lord. I know of no greater honor or tribute that I can give to my friend, nor would he want, than to point them to Jesus.

An entrepreneur at heart, Jeff was a Realtor and owner of Glaves Realty, and helped many families find the house they called home. However, evangelism was his greatest desire. He told me that if he could set aside working for a living to tell others of Jesus, he would. I am certain his twinkling eyes are smiling at the knowledge we will gather to remember “Our Jeff” in a venue that was so special to him and will serve as one of the largest evangelistic opportunities he ever had and remind us of the purpose of life – to prepare for eternal life.

Funeral services will be held at the Bluestem Football Stadium in Leon on Friday, September 25 at 10am. Jeff will be laid to rest at Leon Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Jeff’s name may be directed to the Fund for Expenses and Children’s Education in care of Rick Glaves and sent to Carlson Funeral Home, 200 S. Star, El Dorado, Ks 67042.

Additionally, a GoFundMe Fundraiser account has been established by Victoria Gates on behalf of Rick Glaves.

According to the fundraising site, “Jeff passed away in a tragic car accident on Saturday, September 19, 2020 in El Dorado. Unfortunately, Jeff did not have life insurance. This GoFundMe is being established to help his family cover the costs of his funeral and for future educational endeavors for his three children. All donations will be handled by his father, Rick.”

Back to School Basket Winner

Ms. Jamie Ball, a Fifth Grade teacher at Grandview Elementary in El Dorado, is the winner of the “Back to School Teacher Survival Gift Basket.”

She won the gift basket through an online nomination and voting process that doubled as a scholarship fundraiser for the Miss Kansas Scholarship Foundation. 

Sierra Marie Bonn, is Miss Southwest and a candidate for the job of Miss Kansas. She conceived of the fundraiser as a way to recognize and honor teachers during a unique and stressful time. 

“Our teachers are heading into a brand new school year, and I wanted to find a way to show them love and support,” Bonn said.

The Back To School Survival Basket is valued at $100. All funds raised benefit the Miss Kansas Summer Scholarship Campaign.

Ball is currently a Fifth Grade teacher at Grandview Elementary in El Dorado, and has been teaching for a total of nine years with two of those years as a Fourth Grade teacher. She previously taught at Skelly Elementary. 

One of her favorite aspects of her job is serving as a sponsor for the Ambassador Living as Leaders (A.L.L.) program at Grandview. 

Student leaders have to opportunity to participate in extracurricular community service projects 

community service projects like picking up trash at local parks.  

Upon accepting the basket, Ball said “I appreciate it and all the votes. It’s very humbling and very appreciated.”

Tosh Named to Wichita Business Journal List

Superintendent Teresa Tosh was named one of Wichita Business Journal’s Women Who Lead in Education.

Teresa Tosh is the Superintendent for
El Dorado Public Schools USD490

The honor recognizes local educators for their career accomplishments and contributions to the success of other women. Community members can nominate an outstanding female educator who also meets the following criteria: leadership status in their organization, longevity in their career field, and living and working in the Wichita area.

Tosh describes her leadership style as eclectic. She tries to demonstrate servant leadership and transformative skills, but says that building relationships is a key component of her leadership strategy.

“It isn’t as much about the leadership style as it is about valuing the people you serve,” Tosh said. “It’s about letting them know that you believe in them and trust them to do great things for your students and your school.”

During her twenty-five years in education, Tosh has taught English Language Arts at the secondary level, taught special education classes, served as a special education teaching specialist and as an elementary curriculum director, and was an assistant superintendent of learning services before becoming the USD 490 Superintendent. She says her former teachers were her greatest inspiration for pursuing a career in education.

“They say the greatest form of flattery is imitation,” Tosh said. “And I wanted to be just like them.”

Tosh says what she enjoys most about her current role as superintendent is the people she works with. She enjoys seeing the students learn and grow and watching the staff support and engage students in the learning process.

“Sometimes, I just pause and look around, feeling truly blessed and grateful to be working alongside some of the very best in this business,” Tosh said.

There were only 21 educators from K-12 and post-secondary education facilities chosen for the 2020 Women Who Lead in Education. Tosh’s full article can be found on the Wichita Business Journal’s website, but cannot be viewed without a paid subscription.

Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

With school beginning on August 26th for El Dorado Public Schools, one student is using the last few, lazy days of summer to hold a lemonade stand. 

Bethany Chegwidden, left, Janessa Knapp, center, and Josh Wolf, right.

Janessa Knapp will enter the Second Grader at Grandview Elementary this year and learned her former Art teacher, Tiffany Harris, had a large mass in her lung that had to be removed.  

According to a GoFundme page set up for Harris, she was recently hired to start a new teacher position In a different district. Since Harris is new to the district, she has no sick leave banked therefore, once her contract days for sick leave are used, she will no longer have a paycheck.

Customers Bethany Chegwidden and Josh Wolf purchase lemonade from Janessa Knapp.

Funds raised through GoFundme will be used to pay medical bills and provide time off for Harris to heal. 

Knapp asked her parents if she could have a lemonade stand to raise money to help offset costs. 

On Sunday August 16th Knapp, wearing a citrus themed sundress made by her grandmother, Jimna Knapp, served refreshing lemonade from behind a stand built by her father, Jeff Knapp and grandfather Duane Knapp. 

Knapp will sell lemonade, again, on Sunday, August 23rd from 1-3p and plans to donate proceeds to her Art teacher.