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Faces of LPS - Meet Volunteer Pat Cull

By David Boyce

Pat Cull Each Tuesday during the school year, Pat Cull heads to Alexander Doniphan Elementary School and works with children. She helps some with reading and others with math. Whatever subject comes up, Cull is there to help. Cull doesn’t get paid for her work. She, like many others in Liberty Public Schools, volunteers her time to help prepare all students for their future.

“There are a lot of volunteers,” Cull said. “I know when I was working for the school district, it was really nice to get volunteers to help us.”

Cull spent 18 years at LPS as a school nurse at the elementary level. She retired in 2003, but remained active in the school district. She helped with health screening at the building she worked at. Even now, she helps with health screenings at the Catholic school in Liberty.

Cull’s volunteer work was recognized at the 2015 Excellence in Education banquet by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce. She received the Volunteer in Support of Education award.

“I enjoy using my talents, whatever they are,” Cull said modestly Monday afternoon, a day before volunteers like her are acknowledged around the world. “I really enjoy being with the students, helping them with math or reading and seeing the progress they can make by having a youth friend or youth mentor.”

In 1985, the United Nations designated December 5 as International Volunteer Day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.

On the International Volunteers Day website, it states this day is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain an understanding of, the contribution they make to their communities. It is also viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work.

The act of volunteering is found in all cultures, languages, and religions. Each year, hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and skills to help make the world a better place. When they volunteer, they help to improve the lives of others. And when they volunteer, they also gain a greater sense of belonging to their communities.

Nothing could be truer for LPS and the residents of Liberty. As a longtime resident of Liberty, Cull has witnessed it first-hand. All three of her children went through LPS.

“I think there is a lot of pride in Liberty,” Cull said. “People like to help when they know their schools are good schools. We have excellent teachers and staff. Words can’t describe it. I am really proud of Liberty schools.”