Our entire Reading School District staff has been selected to receive an “Extra Mile Award” from the City of Reading and Berks County Action Program. Below, you can read the full nomination letter submitted by Kristin Boyd, Director of Community Engagement. A recognition ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Reading City Hall. If you would like to attend the ceremony, please contact Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday afternoon. One staff member in attendance at the ceremony will be selected to accept the award on behalf of Reading School District.
EXTRA MILE NOMINATION
Reading School District
Going the Extra Mile
This nomination might seem odd, but it is difficult to nominate one person from Reading School District for the Extra Mile Award. All of our staff members – from Dr. Khalid Mumin and his administrative team to the principals, teachers, secretaries, guidance counselors, nurses, translators, librarians, custodians, para-educators and parent outreach assistants, and so many more – continually go the extra mile to serve, help, encourage and educate our amazing students.
Our motto is One Vision. All Students. One Reading, and our staff exemplifies that every day, whether it’s staying up late to create a tactile bulletin board they saw on Pinterest the night before; buying a bus pass for a student to make sure he has transportation to school; washing uniforms for a less-fortune student; staying after work hours to help students review assignments; learning sign language on their own so they can communicate with an autistic child; finding free field trip opportunities for students so they can be exposed to new experiences; or attending a student’s sporting event or extracurricular activity on the weekends.
So many people throughout Berks County bash Reading School District, our students and our staff. Yet, in spite of that, our staff shows up with smiles on their faces because they know our students are watching. They could easily work in a suburban district, where there are much fewer challenges and many more resources. But they recognize our students’ potential, and they work diligently to make a difference in their lives. They encourage them to always do their best and pursue excellence. They want nothing more than to see our students become successful.
Every day, our staff members motivate others, implement innovative and educational lessons and find ways to make the most out of existing resources. Our staff is beyond special, even more so because they never go the extra mile for recognition or accolades. They go the extra mile because they understand the value of education and the impact it will have our students’ lives, and in turn, the City of Reading. They go the extra mile because they understand that’s what our students deserve. That certainly makes us #RSDproud.