Concord Volunteer Earns Crestwood Honor
November 21, 2018
A Crestwood resident and Concord Elementary School volunteer was celebrated on Nov. 20, thanks to a proclamation signed earlier this month by Crestwood Acting Mayor Tony Kennedy. During a surprise all-school assembly on Tuesday, Kennedy presented Steve Ippolito with a proclamation declaring Nov. 20, 2018 “Grandpa Steven Ippolito Day.”
Steve Ippolito is a Crestwood resident of 49 years and the grandparent of two students at Concord Elementary School. For the past several years, he has reported for duty each day as a volunteer, filling in wherever help is needed. “Grandpa Steve,” as he is affectionately known, cuts out papers, manages the lost and found, organizes the STEM makerspace, decorates bulletin boards, assembles furniture for teachers (“He’s an IKEA pro!”), and even fills in as a volunteer crosswalk for students who walk home from school. In addition to volunteering, he goes out of his way to show appreciation for teachers and staff. Last year, he sent a huge bouquet of flowers to Concord on Valentine’s Day and funded a staff appreciation lunch. This year, he brings every staff member and teacher a cupcake on his or her birthday, just to celebrate!
“Grandpa Steve is a Concord hero!” said Dr. Angie Moehlmann, principal of Concord Elementary. “He is at our school each and every day to support teachers, students and parents, and we are so excited to honor him for his selfless giving to our community.”
Ippolito’s volunteering does not stop at Lindbergh, it extends to the community as a whole. Ippolito, now retired, served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for the United Way campaign. At Anheuser-Busch, he led company donations for these efforts for more than 40 years. In addition, he is involved at his alma mater, St. Louis University, serving on the executive advisory board for the School of Professional Studies. At American Legion Post 111, Ippolito serves as Chaplin and helps with fish fries. In his Crestwood neighborhood, he serves as a block captain and volunteered on the city’s charter review commission. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and the Parish Council for St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church.
In 2018, Ippolito was named a Lindbergh Leader, which is Lindbergh Schools’ highest honor recognizing community service.