Carrie quickly became a member of Hayes Freedom High School’s staff this year and has become a valued colleague, a friendly face, and one of the most tireless staff members of the school. Working largely by herself in the kitchen, she prepares and serves students both their breakfast and lunch each day. Due to the significant number of students who receive free or reduced priced meals, she provides nourishment for students who may otherwise go without. She is often one of the first people through the door in the morning and always has a smile on her face. Perhaps the most stellar contribution she makes is her ability to make personal connections with students. She has earned respect among sometimes reluctant, at-risk students.
Napoleon Bonaparte said, “An army marches on its stomach.” The same can be said for students; they are anxious, unruly, and distracted from learning without food in their bellies. Carrie is in the trenches every day making sure our students get the food they need to succeed at school. It isn’t glamorous, highlighted, or “notable” work in the eyes of many, but she supports the entire staff at Hayes through her hard work. She is a daily reminder to students that dedicating yourself to any goal or job is noble in itself, and because of this, she impacts our students’ perception of work ethic and selflessness. She truly is the Unsung Hero!