Surrounded by friends and fellow workers on June 8, Sharry Knock of De Smet was awarded the 2017 Volunteer/Community Service Award by Mayor Gary Wolkow.
During his awards speech, Mayor Wolkow said, “De Smet is such a much better place for all of us today because of Sharry Knock and we are proud to honor her with this much deserved and long overdue award.”
Knock and her husband, Roger, moved to De Smet in 1971 when she began her 40-year career as the home economics teacher and Future Homemakers of America (FHA) advisor at De Smet High School.
Along with raising her two children, Derik and Lindsay, Knock has always been involved in church, professional and community activities. Since her retirement in 2011, Knock has had more time to become involved and admitted that she enjoys a challenge and likes to stay busy. “Once you retire in a small community, opportunities have a way of finding you,” she said.
Active in her church, Knock is also a board member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Avera De Smet Hospital and Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell.
She delivers meals with the Meals on Wheels program, volunteers at the De Smet Depot Museum and is the chairman of the De Smet Event & Wellness Center Advisory Board.
Knock continues to be an influence in the school system by mentoring new teachers.
“Even though Sharry’s not in the classroom, she’s still impacting De Smet education with her knowledge and expertise,” De Smet school superintendent Abi Van Regenmorter said.
Knock said that the award also belongs to her husband. “He has always gotten involved in nearly everything I have taken on,” she said.
Whether it’s altering a prom dress, working at the concession stand during a football game or playing handbells at her church, Knock is spending her retirement doing what she’s always done — giving back to others.
Posted on 06-14-2017
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