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District 191 honors outstanding volunteers with Coskran Award

Nine extraordinary volunteers received the 2021 John Coskran Volunteer Awards in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on May 27. 

"Part of what makes One91 special is the incredible dedication of staff, students and community members to support each other through service," said Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle. "We are so grateful that they share their time and talents to prepare our students to be future ready and to make our community strong."   

Winners were honored during the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 27. A public reception was not held due to the ongoing pandemic. 

Recipients of the 2021 John Coskran Volunteer Award are: 


  • Alexis Bunnell and Andrew Bunnell, seniors at Burnsville High School, who have organized and supported community service projects as leaders in Burnsville Strong, Student Council and on their own, putting in more than 4,000 hours of volunteer work combined. 


  • Shanna McArthur, who has served students, teachers and families at Neill Elementary School through classroom volunteering, organizing school events, and coordinating other volunteers;


  • Linda Nelson, who helped establish Foundation 191 and served as its secretary and historian for the first 15 years of its existence;

  • Marilyn Brennan, Barb Knoke, Maggie McKinney and Dorothy Rose, volunteer receptionists at the Burnsville Senior Center who continued their commitment to service even as the pandemic disrupted the center’s operations.


  • Sherry Gilbertson (and service dog Gideon), an educational assistant at Vista View Elementary, who has spent many hours training as a Comfort Dog handler, and then uses those skills to support her school’s students and staff, as well as in the broader community.

This is the 19th year of the awards, which are named in honor of John Coskran, a long-time advocate for volunteerism who served 34 years at Catholic Charities and retired as associate director in 1993. Mr. Coskran, who also served as a member of the District 191 Board of Education, died in 2014. 

For more information about the award or for information on how you can become a volunteer, go to the district website at



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