I'VE LEARNED PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU DID, BUT THEY WILL NEVER FORGET HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL. -MAYA ANGELOU
Viva Babe Kacee's dedication to positively impacting others is ridiculously awesome and deserving of an epic Consuelabration!
Kacee is a School Social Worker, serving over 1800 students in three schools in Rogers, Arkansas, and she was nominated by her colleague, Kerri. Kerri says, "While serving these students, she provides a safe, caring environment where her students can share feelings, learn coping strategies, and feel supported. She also provides support to the families in these schools, connecting families to community resources, visiting homes to provide basic needs, checking on students who are not at school, and developing relations with parents.
"The '20- '21 school year was met with challenges and uncertainty. Kacee saw the need to support her school staff's mental health and started a newsletter," Kerri says. "This newsletter was filled with mental health resources, support, and positive quotes and sayings to help teachers and staff. This year the newsletter has expanded to the entire district and has a QR code that links readers directly to a community resource page developed by District Social Workers."
She finds creative avenues to lift others whenever there is a need. Kerri says, "Kacee started a project to raise money for every student in her three schools that lost a parent or family member to receive a Grief Bag. The bag was filled with a variety of things, including a stuffed animal, a children's book on bereavement, and a list of resources for the family. Kacee has recognized this need District-wide and has now applied for a grant to serve the entire school district."
Kacee not only uses her social work superpowers at school she volunteers in our community. She sits on the board of NWAR Continuum of Care and volunteers and builds relationships with other agencies in our community, such as Sharing and Caring of Benton County, The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and Care Community Center Inc."
Kacee shares a quote that reminds her of her 'why,' "I've learned people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou