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School volunteer says work makes his day

March 05, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

MAUGANSVILLE -- Dave King puts a whole new spin on volunteering.

The former Mack Trucks worker shows up at Maugansville Elementary School before 7 a.m. every weekday and doesn't leave until the last bus does in the afternoon.

"It makes my day," King said. "I look forward to it because I love being around kids."

When King ended a 31-year career at Mack in 2003, he had the idea to pursue his photography hobby. While he still takes pictures, it wasn't enough for him.

"Then this opportunity came along," King said.

His sister-in-law called and told him that Joyce Shank, the lone school secretary, was in need of help and could use a volunteer.

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King started three years ago volunteering three days a week.

When the new school building opened in August, the student population increased from about 350 to 675.

"Everybody's busy all the time here," King said, even with an increase in the office staff to help Shank.

King provides door security for all visitors. He moves furniture, hauls supplies, makes copies and delivers lunches. And then there are the smiles he shares all day long.

A former football coach at Smithsburg High School, King has a lot of experience working with young people.

"That's why I coached, because of the kids," he said.

King, who is married with two children, said his own father coached Little League baseball for 45 years.

"I didn't understand it then but I do now," he said of his father's years of volunteering.

Maugansville Principal Archie van Norden couldn't say enough nice things about King and his contributions to the school.

"I truly believe how a school is perceived by the community starts at the front door," van Norden said. "Dave is respectful to everyone and the kids all give him hugs.

"If anyone asks him for help, Dave is there to do it."

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