Sue Freistedt recently received the Star Award from the Iola-Scandinavia School District.
She was nominated for the award by kindergarten teacher Michelle Frola.
The award was presented by the I-S School Board at its May meeting.
Freistedt has been a volunteer at the schools since 1994.
She started by helping with the community’s first summer musical “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” which was directed by Jennifer Kopecky. From helping back stage, she moved into helping Kopecky and other upper level elementary teachers.
At that time, assistants were used mainly in the lower grades, leaving little time for the upper grades. Freistedt would run copies, hang bulletin boards and do other odd jobs for the upper level teachers.
Eventually she switched into helping in the elementary library. Currently she spends Tuesday afternoons checking books in and out, shelving books, and helping with other projects in the library.
She also volunteers with other community projects including the annual Iola Old Car Show.
Before she retired, Freistedt was a high school attendance secretary with the Mukwonago School District. She now lives in Iola with her husband Bruce.