Volunteer Highlight: Eleanor Eskuri
Like PB&J or cookies and milk, kids, books and a nurturing mentor and tutor just naturally go together. Now, combine Eleanor Eskuri's love of children and teaching, and you come up with one amazing volunteer who selflessly gives of her time a...
Like PB&J or cookies and milk, kids, books and a nurturing mentor and tutor just naturally go together. Now, combine Eleanor Eskuri’s love of children and teaching, and you come up with one amazing volunteer who selflessly gives of her time and talent to the children of Moose Lake Elementary School.
Eleanor taught for 36 years and, since retiring, has volunteered at Moose Lake Elementary for the last eight years. She says volunteering is satisfying and gives her purpose, and she enjoys “getting to know great people” and the special hugs she receives from the children. She notes, too, that it is rewarding to see the children begin to think in a fresh way, and they help keep a person grounded in reality. Her mission is to help children reach their full potential by doing whatever she can to promote reading.
Eleanor is young at heart and remains very active in the community and personally. She began serving many years ago and was one of the founders of Dollars for Scholars in Barnum, a community scholarship program for high school graduates. She is currently a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Women’s Education Sorority that sponsors Tales for Tots (at Mercy Hospital) and the Little Red Bookshelf (located at Moose Lake Food Shelf). She is a Relay for Life survivor chairperson and Moose Lake Library board member. She sings with the local group “Autumn Voices” and is even a lay minister. She keeps physically active by participating with the Northstar Trail Travelers Volksmarche, a group committed to providing quality walking events in Minnesota State Parks.
Before Eleanor’s husband died, he left her a letter with very special advice: “Be happy, joyful, and thankful for the goodness of today, then do the best with what you have to work for the future.” This has kept her going and pressing forward. She doesn’t look back!