Just before winter break, the Clay Blair Family Foundation came together with our health and wellness partners – CBIZ, Benefits Direct, Garmin, and Guardian – to provide every Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) employee with a Garmin® Vivofit® 3, an activity tracker that staff can use to set fitness goals, track progress, and motivate themselves towards better health.
“Why?” you might ask? Gratitude. These amazing organizations wanted to ensure our employees know that the work they do each day to help our students reach their dreams is noticed and appreciated. This gift of a fitness device is also a reminder that, just as our employees care for our children, they also need to care for themselves.
I had the privilege of seeing the faces of many of our 3,700 employees as they received their gift. Some asked “What’s the catch?” It was joyous to be able to respond, “The only catch is that you promise to care for yourself!”
I am so grateful to our partners, whose actions celebrate our employees. It’s wonderful to begin a new year knowing that the sacrifices made by the employees of the school district are recognized and appreciated. It’s also a powerful reminder that “it’s up to us” to allow our gratitude for what others do for us to energize us for the challenging work that lies ahead in the new year!
Thank you KCKPS employees for all you do for our children and community. Take care of yourselves along the way. You give us all hope for a bright future! Happy New Year! It’s Up to Us.