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Independence Volunteer turns 80

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

A very special birthday celebration in Independence Monday. Vernie Kirkendall turned 80 years old Sunday. Monday students at West Elementary surprised Kirkendall with a balloon launch. Kirkendall is a volunteer door greater and welcomes every student with a smile each morning.

"Seeing the little people and being in their life for just a few minutes each morning, maybe for 25 to 30 minutes. It brings me back to being a third grader of sixth grader for just a little while. That's fun and brings a lot of good memories back," said Kirkendall.

Kirkendall has been volunteering at the school for three years.

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