Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Give a shout out to one of your colleagues at your school or support building and watch for it to appear in an upcoming Everyday Heroes blog post.
Here are our newest honorees:
Jenifer Baker, Administrative Specialist, Support Services Center
During the recent snow event, SSC’s Jenifer Baker was the center of coordination of crews and equipment to clear the snow. It was very much like watching the conductor of an orchestra directing with their baton (although she had a two-way radio in one hand and a phone in the other). It was her first “all hands on deck” event with this department, and she handled it like a pro. On behalf of the SSC staff (and the entire district), THANK YOU Jenifer!!
Submitted by Joanne Friddle, Assistant, Capital Planning and Construction
Bryan Carter, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 were the days of the WIAA Boys State swimming meet. The OHS boys took 18 (swimmers) each day. On Feb. 15 we rode up to Federal Way on a Durham bus and back on an OLY bus. On the return trip on the OLY bus one of the swimmers lost his wallet and a message from his family asked if we could find it. By the time I received the message it was late and the driver would have already left the bus garage area, so I told the parent we would notify the bus garage “next week.” On Saturday the 16th we had a different driver/bus, but he took us both ways. I mentioned the missing wallet to the driver and inquired where the wallet search should go next. I told him I would call Monday the 18th, forgetting about the holiday. The team exited the bus and proceeded to a restaurant for a post-meet dinner. About 45 minutes later who should appear but our driver with lost wallet in hand. He had returned to the bus garage, cleaned and serviced his bus, found the bus from the day before and found the missing wallet. He could have stopped there and placed the wallet in the bus garage lost and found. But having heard us say where the team was headed to eat, he did a personal delivery to the swimmer.
Submitted by Mel Smith, Coordinator/President, Olympia Education Association Activities and Athletics Association and boys and girls swim coach, Olympia High School
Submitted by Dean Hoopes, Bus Driver
How to nominate an Everyday Hero
- Email the Communications and Community Relations Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) a few sentences, and no more than 200 words, about why the person deserves recognition. It’s easiest to write as if speaking directly to the colleague, such as “Thank you for helping with…” or “I really appreciated when you…”
- Write “Everyday Heroes” in the subject heading of the email.
- Include your first and last name as the person submitting the comments.
- Include the first and last name of the OSD employee you are recognizing.
- Include the job title and work location (school or department) of the person you are recognizing.
All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.