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Looking Forward
To Monday Morning

Going Above and Beyond


The school year is underway for most of you, and I am hopeful it is going well. If that is the case, then you should consider rewarding the people who are making that happen. Undoubtedly, you have staff members who do much more than asked of them without expecting anything in return. Maybe you can give them one of these "above and beyond" awards.


[content block] One school district shared that their Board of Education recognizes employees who do their share and then go "the extra mile." Staff members use a form to nominate a colleague for the Extra Miler Award. The form even includes on it the names of all the previous award winners who still work in the district. Winners receive a framed copy of the Extra Miler resolution approved by the Board, a cloisonn pin of the Flag of Learning and Liberty, and a gift certificate donated by a local restaurant. In addition, an article about the individual is submitted for publication in the local newspaper. For our colleagues in countries that use the metric system of measurement, call the award the Extra Kilometer Award.


This award is given to a staff person who makes a difference in someone's life. For example, when I was giving a presentation for the Lake County (Illinois) Education to Careers Program, the custodian told me he was a volunteer firefighter and had recently saved the life of a three-month-old child. He would be a worthy recipient of this award! Surely, you can think of some people who demonstrate a measure of caring that goes way above and beyond to make them worthy of the award too.


This award is given twice each year to employees who have contributed beyond what is considered to be their jobs. Award winners are selected by the superintendent, principals, and/or directors. The recipients are give a "Red Apple" pin and are featured in a newsletter article.


A plaque is presented to a staff member for outstanding contributions in the area of community-school relations.


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
~ Carl Jung

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