Lopez Assists Grandmother in Need

TPS electrician Mike Lopez works on classroom lighting.

TPS electrician Michael Lopez is the January Above and Beyond winner. Lopez has worked as an electrician for Topeka Public Schools for the past 12 years.

He was nominated by TPS attendance/truancy clerk Jerome Plunkett for an act of kindness. "Last month, I was speaking to a grandmother who is trying to raise her grandchildren. She informed me her motorized wheel chair was not working and she could not make it to an IEP meeting. Mr. Lopez found out about the situation and went to work on the wheel chair after he got off duty. That is way above and beyond," says Plunkett.

"I went over and checked out the lady's wheel chair. It took a few days to get the job done.It was something she needed and I was glad I could help," says Lopez.