A Tribute to the CCES Staff

February 20, 2020

A part of the CCES community that we often fail to recognize is those who do not directly interact with us as students. There are members of the Christ Church staff that aid us very much that aren’t teachers. We attend a large campus and are forced to be consumers in large amounts. Whether it be in learning resources or meals or even space, we have a dedicated staff that takes care of each of these logistics to ensure we have a safe, comfortable and clean environment. Our security, custodial, flik dining and even landscaping crews do the hard work so that we can have the optimal area for education and athletics. After years of having these luxuries, it is easy to become accustomed to the state of mind where someone takes care of the tough parts of living, like the cleaning and maintenance of items. I think this community appreciates all of the work done around it to keep it functioning by the great staff we have, but oftentimes do not vocalize how blessed we are. So why is it that we rarely see or recognize the great workers of CCES? This quote from the wall street journal may provide the answer to this and many other modern faults: 

The fault partly lies with the endless supply of distractions we carry around in our smartphones, carefully targeted to our tastes, says Piers Steel, a professor at the University of Calgary and the author of “The Procrastination Equation.”” 
It is easy to get caught up in an avalanche of information that is our school year, and there is always something that can or has to be done. It is also easy, in the frenzy of work, to make mistakes. To have an accident, to forget to throw something away. This is where our staff comes in everytime and does so without problem. They do this daily without fail, and have no hard feelings toward those who make the mistake. As a private school, it may even be expected of the students to be entitled and lazy, which we are not. We respect those who work to support us in a college preparatory education and treat them as adults. We can all speak out more to show our appreciation for all CCES staff, so as to be greater than any expectation or stereotype of us. We can choose the harder right over the easier wrong, as we have done and will continue to do. It is in our character and spirit as a school, and I hope it will shine through in this aspect. It is not convenient or easy to clean after yourself when someone is behind you to do it, but it is what one should do. 

To conclude, I would like to personally thank the maintenance staff of Paul Tutton, Cory Spearman, Shawn DeBerry, Mark Lyons, and Cindy Blackburn for their continuing work. We also should thank Danny Thomas and his security team for keeping us all safe daily. And Finally a special thanks to our Flik Dining Cashier Katriba and our head chef Collin Flynn and their entire flik staff. Without their responsibility, dedication, and kindness, we would not have such an easy and pleasant time while at school. This beautiful and efficient campus remains so with their hard work.

One of my fellow Seniors sums up one of the great services in our community pretty well:

“I think our security here at CCES is qualified and should be valued more, and compared to other schools it crushes expectations; I feel safe when I am outside walking around campus.” – Vasco Bracale, ’20


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