Herkimer staff recognition program provides free coffees for colleagues

Herkimer Central School District staff has been conducting a staff appreciation program called Coffee for a Colleague since last school year to recognize staff for acts of kindness or going above and beyond in their work.

The program is made possible through a Stewart’s Shops grant program. Teachers and staff peer-nominate their colleagues, and those selected receive a certificate of appreciation and a coupon for a free Stewart’s coffee.

Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School social worker Jessica Carpineti and Herkimer Technology Coordinator started the program in the 2021-22 school year, when Herkimer Central School District received 200 free-coffee coupons to give out. Carpineti applies for the grant each year, and Herkimer Central School District received another 150 coupons this school year.

“It’s something little for staff morale,” Carpineti said.

The program is open to staff at both the Jr./Sr. High School and Elementary School.

Pictured below are some of the staff members who were already recognized this school year.

If you’re a Herkimer Central School District staff member, click here to fill out the online form and recognize your colleague with a free coffee.
(Please note this form is only accessible by Herkimer Central School District staff members.)

Five staff members posing in the library as Coffee for a Colleague recipients



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