Getting called into the principal's office typically is a bad thing.
But praise was the only thing on Steamboat Springs Middle School principal Tim Bishop's mind last month when he summoned school office manager Cheri Daschle into his room.
During their brief meeting, Bishop thanked Daschle for her hard work, kindness, patience and upbeat attitude. He also presented her with a lift ticket good for one day of skiing at the Steamboat Ski Area.
The special recognition was part of the Steamboat Springs School District's new Making a Difference Award program, a district-wide effort to recognize 15 employees every month who have demonstrated excellence or extraordinary efforts toward making a difference for a student, colleague or family in the community.
"This is a way to say thank you for the efforts teachers and staff have made," said Superintendent Donna Howell, who started the award program in December.
A variety of local businesses have donated gift certificates and other items to the program. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. donated 60 one-day lift tickets, the last of which were handed out to March award recipients. Spring recipients will receive gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, Howell said.
The Making a Difference Award program helps create a special climate in which employees are recognized and appreciated for their efforts, as well as on opportunity for the business community to thank hard-working school employees, Howell said.
Every month, school principals and district department leaders nominate employees who they feel are deserving of the award. Recipients are presented the awards by their supervisors.
"It's pretty nice to see," Howell said.
Receiving the award was a nice way for Daschle to know her efforts in the school are being recognized, she said.
"It's kind of a nice way of saying that someone noticed I was working hard and doing a good job," Daschle said. "I like it a lot. I think it's a nice touch."
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