Yay of the Day awardee, Melissa Burnett of Elko Middle School, receiving her swag bag.

YAY MELISSA BURNETT! Melissa Burnett, coordinator of assessment and remediation at Elko Middle School, is today’s “Yay of the Day” honoree. Superintendent Amy Cashwell honored her recently at the school.

YAYWORTHY: Nominator Kimberly Banks said: “Ms. Burnett is the coordinator of assessment and remediation at Elko Middle School. However, for many car riders and their parents, she is the smiling face that greets us every morning for school drop-off. Ms. Burnett always greets each student (and their parent or other adult) with a smile and a friendly “good morning — have a great day.” I don’t know if she realizes how much this small act of kindness and positively affects the students in the morning. You never know what a student may be dealing with when they arrive at school each day. For some students, seeing Ms. Burnett’s friendly face the first thing each morning may mean more that she realizes.”

“My son is a sixth grade student and was nervous one morning when the school had a 2-hour delay. He wasn’t sure if he was supposed to go to his advisory period or the first block of the day (and I wasn’t completely sure either). I could see him getting nervous as we pulled up to school. He then looked at me wide-eyed and said, “I can ask the nice lady when we pull up to the front.” This seemed to ease his nerves, knowing that we would be greeted by Ms. Burnett that morning. He got out of the car and quietly asked her where he was supposed to go. Ms. Burnett immediately informed him that he should report directly to his first block that morning. He looked back at me, smiled and went into the building. I then heard her tell each student who walked up which class to report to. This meant a lot to my son and me that morning and I want to acknowledge her for the positive effect that she has on the car rider drop-off line at Elko Middle School!”

Thank you for all you do, Melissa Burnett, to make a positive difference and move HCPS forward!