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Mary Volk of Carlos (right) has been volunteering in schools for the past 33 years. She plans to “retire” from school volunteering in May, after completing the year in her granddaughter’s preschool classroom at Osakis Public School. She is pictured with her granddaughter, Julia Lennes, and Osakis preschool teacher Jan Campbell. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)

Volunteer heads back to school for the last time

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Mary Volk of Carlos went back to school for the final time this fall.

After 33 years, she’s hoping to “graduate” from her role as school volunteer next May.


“It’s my third and last time going to preschool!” she said with a laugh, adding that she’s put in her time at several other grade levels as well.

Volk’s vocation is cosmetology, but her passion for the past three decades has been working with kids of all ages in classroom settings.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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