Pictured L-R; Kevin Foltz, FHS Assistant Principal, FHS teacher Shawn Andrews, Kourtney Sari, Jenn Hodson (Sari’s mother) and Rotary President Dave Bennett.
Flushing High School student Kourtney Sari has been named the Rotary Club of Flushing’s Student of the Month for April. Sari, a senior at FHS, is a member of the Varsity Club, Rotary Interact Chapter, Student Leadership Organization and Student Council. She is also a Teacher Cadet, which involves helping special needs students in small groups with math and reading. Over the past six years, Sari has helped to further a cause that she is very passionate about: the Special Olympics. Most recently, she attended the Michigan Special Olympics Games at Central Michigan University and helped raise $700 for Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a member of Flushing Community Church’s youth group, Sari participated in a mission trip to West Virginia to work with kids at a day camp, perform yard work for the elderly and host a soup kitchen at the end of the week for the entire community.  Sari’s other community service involvement includes serving at the Volunteer Mobile Food Pantry, helping to set up the Flushing Candlewalk and providing swimming lessons through the Rotary Interact Club at the Marion Krouse Center. In her free time, Sari enjoys camping at Silver Lake Sand Dunes and hanging out with friends. She also enjoys her job at Tropical Smoothie on Linden Road. Sari plans to attend Grand Valley State University and major in nursing—a career path that emerged from her involvement at CMU with the Special Olympics. While in the program, she plans to specialize in caring for individuals with special needs. Sari said that her favorite teacher at FHS is Shawn Andrews because she “always has a positive outlook and has a great way of encouraging me to be a friend.” Whenever she plans to fundraise or volunteer, Sari said that Andrews has always been there for her, providing support and encouragement. In Sari’s honor, the Rotary Club of Flushing will donate $100 to the Michigan Special Olympics organization.
(Reprinted from Ben Gagnon. The Flushing View, May 2, 2019, View Newspaper Group, Inc.)