2011 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Beth Davis

J.C. Harmon High School, 1980Beth Davis

Beth Davis is one of our community's unsung heroes. She is a community advocate, a tireless volunteer and a leader and example to many. She receives a great deal of satisfaction from making life better for other people.

When it comes to promoting a cause or lending a helping hand, the word "no" is not in her vocabulary. She particularly loves helping young people. She spent four years as the sponsor of the K-Kids Club at Douglass Elementary School, a service group sponsored by Kiwanis that promotes the importance of good citizenship and "giving back." She is the State of Kansas administrator for the Kiwanis Aktion Clubs, service clubs for adults living with disabilities. She makes and donates quilts to help raise money for individuals with cancer and other illnesses, and for organizations like the United Way of Wyandotte County, American Red Cross and Relay for Life.

As a member of the Downtown KCK Kiwanis, she collects books for the WIC program at the Wyandotte County Health Department.

She credits her high school art teacher Herman Gerber for nurturing her creativity with crafts and her love of art that she inherited from her mother. "He was always encouraging me to use my talents," she remembers.

She is proud to be a resident of Kansas City, Kansas, and encourages everyone to be involved in their community by giving back. "You get a far better feeling from giving than receiving," she said.

Davis has had a 21 year-career in the office supply business. She started with Kross Office Outfitters in 1989 and became a service consultant for Staples when the company merged with Kross.

Her advice for today's students is: Always carry a positive attitude, and get involved in volunteer work.

A Question and Answer Video of Beth Davis has been posted on SchoolTube (Time: 5:27).