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Abilene’s Allison Buechman – Mom of the Month Spotlight Presented by Salina Ortho

Allison Buechman is the attendance secretary at Abilene High School and she is this month’s Salina Ortho Mom of the Month.

Allison has two student-athletes at Abilene High School and she is very involved in all of their activities. Logan Buechman is a senior football player and wrestler, while daughter Lyndsey Buechman is a junior and is involved in wrestling, works as a football manager and participates in track.

“Both kids are also involved in Dickinson County 4-H, Church Youth group, have part-time jobs, and Logan is in FFA and Lyndsey is on the Yearbook staff and is the main contact and in charge of the Red Cross Blood drives for our Church,” said Allison.

Volunteering to help the football and wrestling teams has Allison wearing a lot of hats.

“I organize the meals and meal sign-up for football and wrestling seasons. I help prepare, set up, deliver, and clean up from all meals throughout both seasons. This year was particularly challenging due to Covid-19 restrictions but with the help of a few other parents, we made a new plan of action and was able to make it fun and still healthy and plentiful for the kids,” said Allison. “I also take the team photo for the wrestling team poster, always one of my favorites and this year I scheduled and organized the senior football photo session for posters and photos.”

Allison said she feels it is important to be involved and show support for their student-athletes in high school.

“Showing your kids that you support them in all the activities that they do is incredibly important. Just being there shows that you are invested in their life choices and allows them to grow into responsible and caring young men and women,” said Allison.

Allison said being a volunteer is a great experience.

“Just being able to do that to help these kids whether they may need it or not is a joyful and heartwarming experience. I say it is the little things that matter the most to show how much you care,” said Allison.

And there are always other volunteers who help each other make the experience for the students as fun as possible. Allison mentioned Brooke Woodworth with her breakfast pizza and her husband Andy for his endless support. Allison said the senior parents have been amazing this year with their creativity and dedication to the students. Wrestling parents and grandparents deserve praise as well, Allison explained.

“I have to give a shout out to all of the wrestling families. In the four years that I have assisted/helped or been the organizer there is not one parent that has not signed up or stepped up to bring food/drinks, bag items, pick up or deliver. The two parents that I want to shout out to the most here is Heather Unruh for her wonderful and famous chocolate chip cookies that the kids have grown to appreciate and expect and to Shayla Mohr who handed this off to me and has continued to help as her daughter was a manager this year, she has continued to help out whenever needed.”

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