Assistant superintendent for student support services, Beth DeLoach, applied for a grant offered through the Department of Public Health. The maximum amount to request was $100,000. DeLoach submitted the request for the entire amount to give as a stipend to the VCS school clinic nurses.
All nurses fall under the student support services umbrella and they meet as a group frequently. However, they all suspected something was up when they were asked to meet downtown at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. DeLoach facilitated the surprise presentation asking each school's administrator to be on hand for the actual reveal.
District and school level administration were positioned on the front lawn of the Chamber while the nurses held their "meeting" inside the building. DeLoach did tell them about the grant opportunity, but told them the big surprise was out front. She escorted the 10 women through the front door to see their awaiting administrator holding their stipend check.
Tears of joy, laughter and hugs full of gratitude were exchanged. As we head into the season of thanks, we certainly were thrilled to offer these hard-working ladies a generous token of appreciation they so well deserved.