I was thinking about all the wonderful things support staff do for the school. It really dawned on me when a custodian was digging through the trash to find a pair of glasses. The student realized that he placed his glasses on his breakfast tray after the trash was in the dumpster. Brad put on his rubber gloves and went dumpster diving. He did not complain or say how could you do a stupid thing, he just went to work finding the glasses.
I think about all the disrespect given to the associates for handling problems on the playground, hallways, or cafeteria. The associates here do a great job of not getting overly upset or yelling at students who are not following instructions right away. Associates take time to help students memorize spelling words, listen to them read, or practice flashcards. I forget to let them know how much I appreciate their effort in making a school function.
And of course the school secretaries, these are the brains of the school. I find myself always turning to Teresa for an answer or even a better idea. The secretaries are always the first to field a phone call and try to remedy the situation. They work tirelessly to keep the school business moving forward and offering words of encouragement for students and staff. We all know when a problem occurs at school the secretaries are the first in line to deal with the issue.
I truly appreciate all the work that the secretaries, associates, and custodians do for the school. They are valuable members and often go unnoticed or thanked for their efforts. Please remember to give kind words to these individuals and let them know how much they are appreciated. I will work harder on making sure I do that for my support staff because they also need words of encouragement.