Actions Not Words Award
By Jamie Albert
Ms. Julie Burke, the creator of the Holy Child's Actions Not Words award, spoke about her love of the Holy Child community as she described how this award embodies the Holy Child faculty, staff, and student body. Ms. Burke was ecstatic to create this award because it follows the motto of Cornelia Connelly, "actions, not words," and presents Holy Child community members with the chance to involve themselves in the lives of others by being outgoing or performing random acts of kindness. However, in the case of teachers, their teaching styles and how they motivate their students in the class room are admired and celebrated by this award. Anyone can be nominated for an award by placing a slip of paper in the ballad box with the person's name, grade, and random act of kindness. The student counsel then counts up these votes to determine the winner; in the case of a tie, it is the student counsel's job to vote in order to finalize who will receive the award for that particular month. However, teachers can nominate staff, teachers, or even students, by emailing Ms. Burke.
The beloved Mrs. K, a previous winner, was nominated for her constant acts of kindness, her genuine smile, and the care she shows each and every member of the Holy Child community by greeting everyone who walks by her desk. Additionally, she is loved for being known to put out little treats for the extremely grateful (and hungry) students of Holy Child. This award hopes to lead by example and show students how to live each and every day intentionally, and with kindness. It gives Holy Child the opportunity to recognize the little things that may go unnoticed, yet that makes Holy Child such a tight knit community.