Face to Face: Bonner Springs volunteer Jason Schram
Name: Jason Schram
Birthplace: Leavenworth, though he is a lifelong Bonner resident
Family: Wife, Kathleen; son, Caleb, 12; daughter, Abby, 10
Occupation: manufacture representative with Heartland Packaging
Dream job as a child: Schram doesn’t remember having a specific dream job, though by his senior year of high school, he thought he might become a teacher.
Hobbies: Attending his children’s events, golfing and taking care of his lawn.
“I like to keep it like a golf course,” he said.
Schram also spends a lot of time volunteering, serving with the Parent-Teacher Organization for his children’s schools, including three years as president for the Bonner Springs Elementary PTO and five years with the Clark Middle School PTO. He also serves on the Site Council for the middle school and just finished up his fourth year on the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
He said the PTO work in particular has been rewarding, though it is hard work raising about $11,000 annually.
“We’ve done all kinds of stuff, we donate money to needy families on a weekly basis,” he said.
Digging deeper: Schram grew up on a large dairy farm just outside of Bonner Springs.
“I was milking cows at a very young age,” he says.
By the time he was in high school, he got a job with the local grocery store and became friends with the owner at the time, J.R. Nolting.
The Noltings had a sort of professional hobby on the side, with their own racing team in a division of NASCAR, so for about three and a half years, Schram worked on the team as what he calls the “gas man and pit gopher.”
He traveled with the team to races from Colorado to the Carolinas, more specifically in Tennessee at Bristol, Memphis and Nashville.
“During the day we’d be working at the grocery store, then work on the car at night,” he said. “When we went out of town to race, we would pack up on Thursday and then drive all night to the race track.”
Schram remains a NASCAR fan today; his family owned tickets to the Kansas Speedway for the first five years after it opened.