‘Sunshine Superheroes’ recognized monthly

Two teachers hold a wooden plaque

Superheroes are walking the halls of Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School.

Each month, the school’s faculty Sunshine Club recognizes one or more “Sunshine Superheroes” — teachers who exemplify traits such as kindness, caring, giving, and going above and beyond.

“We wanted to recognize all the great things that people are doing that might not otherwise get recognized,” explained teacher and Sunshine Club organizer Brooke Jones.

The “superheroes” are recognized in the morning announcements each month and are awarded a custom-made wooden plaque created by Rob Burwell, modeled on the “HHS” plaque that hangs in the main office.

You can read more about the 2018 Sunshine Superheroes below. Follow Herkimer CSD on social media to see future Superhero announcements each month.


September’s Sunshine Superhero was Dana McGraw, who was nominated for organizing T-shirts for middle school teachers to wear on the first day of school.


October’s Sunshine Superheroes were the summer staff, who worked hard to rearrange everything to get the school building ready to receive the sixth-graders in the fall.


November’s Sunshine Superheroes were Ryan Orilio and Bridgett Manley, for helping senior students with yearbook photos, and a professional closet for students to borrow clothes for internships, job interviews or college visits.


December’s Sunshine Superheroes were Laura Scalise and Caroline Lampert, for organizing gifts for students through Student Council and National Honor Society.


January’s Sunshine Superheroes are Paul Valasek and Melissa Hall, who have brought back the “Green Team” and fostered great growth among their students.

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