Representatives from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 are visiting Cleburne ISD campuses to honor school secretaries in conjunction with American Education Week.
“American Education Week began as a joint effort of the American Legion family and the National Education Association nearly 100 years ago,” Unit 50 member and national auxiliary officer Marty Peters said. “For the past few years, in our local recognition of this observance, we have chosen to salute school employees who are major contributors to the education of students in their supporting roles.
“The school secretary is the first and last person you see when entering or leaving a school. Those serving as campus secretaries and related positions are the ‘go to’ people in a school, and can have a positive impact on everyone on the campus. They are the face of the school. In the overall education process, the school secretary is essential to the smooth flow of activities for teachers, for parents and for students.”
The recognition of CISD secretaries began Monday with Peters and Unit 50 Historian Bobbie O’Daniel honoring those at the Central Offices, Wheat Middle School, Cleburne High School and CISD Child Nutrition. Presentations will continue through the week.
“We appreciate our local American Legion Auxiliary taking the time to honor these employees who are vital to our campuses and departments,” CISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Andrea Hensley said. “We always honor a paraprofessional of the year at each campus in the spring, but it’s wonderful to have these valuable employees recognized as a team in observance of American Education Week. Our school secretaries provide great customer service to our parents and stakeholders, while also supporting our campus administrators and teachers in so many ways. They ‘know’ their students and contribute greatly to the caring environment at their campuses.”
Past honorees have included CISD custodians, the child nutrition staff, bus drivers and school nurses.
“Those employees who work behind the scenes don’t always realize how important they are to the school district,” Peters said. “Their role is very important. In their work as supporting members of our public school system, they are helpers in the process to educate our nation’s future leaders. Whenever possible, we make these recognition presentations during the lunch periods, because we want students to know some very important people on their campus are being honored — and why.”
American Education Week was established in 1921. Distressed that 25 percent of the country’s World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the National Education Association and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.
Today, co-sponsors include the U.S. Department of Education, National PTA, American Association of School Administrators, National School Boards Association, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National School Public Relations Association, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Association of Elementary School Principals and National Association of Secondary School Principals.