Earlier this summer, the office of Congresswoman Debbie Lesko honored 2016 Liberty High School graduate Krista Aufdemberge for her volunteer work during the pandemic.

Krista Aufdemberge is a 2016 graduate of Liberty High School and has volunteered in Peoria Unified’s kindergarten classrooms since she donned her cap and gown. Krista has special needs and loves helping children, so when Peoria Unified temporarily halted its volunteer program this past year due to COVID-19, she was heartbroken.

Determined to continue to connect with students, Krista gathered a team to help her find a way to still feel connected to the kindergarten students. The end result was a video, produced by Krista each week, shared with the kindergarten students at Oasis, Oakwood, Paseo Verde, and Frontier elementary schools. Following the kindergarten pacing guide, her short videos begin with a color of the week, then a word, and then progressed to include four to five flashcard words each week.

“This is just one positive example at how one of Peoria Unified’s most eager helpers adapted in order to make it work during the pandemic,” says Erin Dunsey, Communications Manager at Peoria Unified. “We are proud of her time, effort, and creativity to help our kindergarten students.”