Every once in a while, a volunteer comes along who makes a profound impact on the organization and people they serve. This person goes above and beyond what is expected to thanklessly make sure others have what they need to be successful. With no regard to the time spent volunteering, the only focus is on the needs of those around her. There are many volunteers, but so few go above and beyond to truly help others. Maria Engels typifies this type of dedicated selfless volunteer. She is often walking the halls of Circle Benton Elementary looking for ways she can serve. Even though she is the PTO president, she also helps organize the CBE Spring Fling, run the CBE concession stand at Benton Days, help with the Honor Roll Breakfast, and serve on building and district committees. She is often found at CBE on Thursday working with other Thursday Moms, who give Thursday mornings to assist teachers completing tasks and projects needed by the students. If teachers or administration ask, she seldom turns them down, taking time from her own family and tasks to serve the school. If she cannot help complete a task, she is a warrior in gathering others to volunteer for the assignment. I have been impressed at her desire to serve the students and staff at CBE in many different ways. Her selfless acts help make CBE a great environment for our students to learn, staff to work, and teachers to teach. Maria Engels is definitely a first-class volunteer.