By Anne Marie Amacher
DAVENPORT — Donning a pink gown, wearing a tiara and holding a wand, “princess” Aubrey Kall led students through the June 14 closing ceremony of Holy Family Parish’s “Kingdom Rock” Vacation Bible School.
The 19-year-old parishioner has been involved in Vacation Bible School since she was in kindergarten and has only missed the summer program twice – because of family vacation.
Eileen O’Brien, adult volunteer, said Kall is very enthusiastic about Vacation Bible School and an inspiration to young and old alike.
“This is my favorite week of the year,” said Kall, a junior in college. “As soon as we finish, I want to get started planning next year’s program.” That first step has already been taken as organizers decided upon next year’s dates and theme.
As a princess for the week leading the kingdom, Kall wore a different princess gown each day and had a lot of fun. “I’ve had lots of hugs and I love to see the kids every year. The kids had fun guessing what I might wear the next day.”
She was a Vacation Bible School participant from kindergarten through fifth grade. “My favorite part was singing.” Afterward, she signed up to be volunteer (also known as a crew leader) during junior high and high school.
As a crew leader she worked in groups with five to eight participants and got them engaged in Vacation Bible School. “I like bonding with them.”
Last year, because of jury duty, she was unable to be a crew leader since it was possible she could have missed several days. Instead, she took pictures and assisted wherever she was needed upon her return.
This year she served as an assistant director. And she built the set for the kingdom in the All Saints Catholic School gym where some of the activities took place.
After graduation from college, Kall would love to remain in the Quad-City area, be involved in Vacation Bible School and serve as its director for the parish someday. “I want to be involved in Vacation Bible School any way I can.”