School nurses earn Badger Pride award, gift baskets for Covid-19 work

The Arkadelphia Board of Education partnered with local businesses to provide gift baskets for the school district’s nurses, and to recognize their efforts in leading and guiding the district during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Receiving a Badger Pride award during Tuesday’s school board meeting were nurses Beth Hasley (Arkadelphia High School), Spenser O’Brien (Perritt Primary School) and Macy Jones (Peake Elementary School).

Pictured, from left: School board president Casey Motl, Perritt Primary School nurse Spenser O’Brien, Nicole McGough of Patterson Federal Credit Union, and Peake Elementary School nurse Macy Jones. Courtesy Photo/Clair Mays

School board president Casey Motl addressed the nurses, saying, “We wanted to extend an extra measure of appreciation for the risks you take every day to help keep our students and our employees safe, the knowledge that you bring to this district in terms of guiding our policy-making decisions with regard to our health protocols, and just the heart that you show in loving our students and our people. It means a lot to us.”

Each of the school nurses was awarded a certificate, as well as a gift basket themed for relaxation. School board member Gina White reached out to several community businesses to provide the nurses with gifts. The baskets included a gift certificates from Patterson Federal Credit Union, LTC Nails and Hamburger Barn, as well as bath bombs and soaps from The Farmhouse and Hardman Interior, and a 30-minute massage.

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