Our school secretaries, administrative folks deserve recognition
Too often we forget about some of the people behind the scenes who are as important as those on the front lines.
That is true whether it is an army, an athletic team, government, business or school.
A few days ago, our nation observed a national day honoring school secretaries and administrative assistants.
For many parents or people who do business with the schools, these individuals may be the nice voice one hears answering the phone or welcoming a visitor to the school, but that is just one of their many and varied responsibilities.
They also operate the copiers, know how to operate the bell system, the intercom, make accurate announcements on the public address systems, keep up with absentee notes, late arrivals, early departures, help students locate lost items from lunches, to textbooks to science displays and deliver emergency messages to students.
Secretaries are also often the loudest cheerleaders for fundraisers and supporters of school events in the community.
After all, the students in the building are “their kids,” the faculty is “family” and no one will have more pride in their students’ achievements. And these secretaries are not apt to forget those achievements in school and after graduation.
When you return to your school several years later they will proudly recall the outstanding things you did in school and after you moved on. Unfortunately for some, they also tend not to forget the mischief in which some students got involved!