Maryann Pieske centers her life around youth

BALDWIN — To Maryann Pieske, a volunteer at Baldwin Community Schools where her children attend, helping youth has always been a calling in life.

Pieske can often be seen running the concession stand at Baldwin sporting events.

"I have a lot of fun helping with the concession stand," she said. "Kids always want to come and work with me at the stand, and it is amazing to see how well they do. It is good experience for them on how to be polite and practice good manners."

She said it also is a joy to work alongside Mary Martin, who also volunteers at the concession stand.

The mother of seven children, three biological and four adopted, Pieske still has three children at home who attend Baldwin Community Schools.

Her love for children has not just been limited to her own, but has extended out to many who needed a loving home over the years.

"I spent a lot of years doing foster care, which I started in 2001," she explained. "I really have a heart for kids."

Her love of children extends into her career.

"I work as a teacher's aid at West Shore Educational Service District for special needs kids. I have done this for 18 years."

It was 18 years ago the Ann Arbor native made the Baldwin area her home. Prior to moving here Pieske drove bus at Whitmore Lake, which she still does as a substitute driver for West Shore ESD.