Hope Hero Shout-Out!
Connie Hadley has been an advocate for education long before she had any of her own children in the school system.
After completing her formal education, in 1947 she moved to Wyandotte county and immediately became involved in the local schools, forming the Bluebirds, Boy Scouts and PTA groups. She understood the importance of involvement in schools and children’s lives early on.
Connie went on to complete higher education at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and St. Louis University, receiving degrees in Business Administration and Counseling. Although her professional life was satisfying, her true devotion lay with volunteering and helping others.
When Connie retired in 1997, she had no intent of slowing down. Since then, she has spent the last 22 years as a Foster Grandparent with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, most recently serving at Edwardsville Elementary School. The Foster Grandparent program places adults in Wyandotte County schools to help mentor at-risk children. During Connie’s many years of service she has grown to love the children, teachers, staff and parents.
That feeling must be mutual because on her 20th year of service, Edwardsville School wanted to recognize Connie for her dedication to the students. As the school year was wrapping up, they decided to name May 26th “Connie Hadley Day.” The school gathered for an assembly with a presentation that included pictures from her over 20 years of service. Students and faculty had a chance to share their gratitude for Connie and all the wonderful work she has done. To the school community, Connie had become everyone’s grandma.
Recently, Connie was awarded the Elbert C. Cole Jr. Legacy Award sponsored by the George Nettleton Foundation. The award recognizes a senior citizen who has contributed to the community and inspired others. Connie, who recently turned 90 years young, was nominated and selected to receive the award plus $5,000 at a luncheon at Mission Hills Country Club.
“Connie Hadley is a true example of a servant leader,” remarked Chrissy Carver, Director of the Foster Grandparent Program. “She has a contagious smile, big heart and caring personality. We are so lucky to have Connie a part of the Foster Grandparent program as she is a perfect example of giving back to her community and striving to make it a better place.”
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