Ann Weston grew up in St. Joseph, attending the public schools and eventually serving as a principal in them. It never occurred to her not to embrace the ways she could help her hometown.
“The relationships I have formed my entire life in our community are the most precious to me, aside from God and my family,” she said.
A graduate of Missouri Western, Ms. Weston retired from the school district but never left education. She works part time with the United Way program called Success by 6, an effort meant to prepare pre-kindergarten children for future achievements.
Collaboration plays a key role in the initiative.
“Success by 6 brings together people from all across the community who have an interest and a passion in helping the children in our area,” Mrs. Weston said. “The return on investment is remarkable. The more resources we give to our families and our very youngest citizens will be paid back over and over.”
In addition to this work, the former teacher and principal made room in her post-retirement agenda for volunteering with the American Red Cross. In this, she has helped people in low moments as they dealt with the aftermath of house fires or ice storms.
“Responding to and being of help to people in their immediate need, that was always something I was interested in doing,” the volunteer said.
The St. Joseph native also has been involved in a number of other community events, including leadership positions in Trails West! planning.