The Ladies Behind the Desk

In Editorials on December 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm

 By Julia Applegate

Throughout the day at Fort Mill High School, our usual routine of going class to class could be interrupted by a quick trip to the front office. Maybe you need to pick up your lunch, a book left at home or to get change for five. Whatever the reason is, you will always find Libby Freeman and Janice Tolbert.

I might have just blown a few of your minds; you could be wondering who these people are or maybe you think you have heard of them. That’s what I want to change. The ladies in the front office do a lot of things throughout the day that usually go unnoticed. Mrs. Tolbert has to collect attendance from all of the students and classrooms, not to mention the fact that she has to collect and file the excuses. Our school may not be as big as some other schools, but when you think about all of the people that are absent for one reason or another, that adds up quickly.

                Then there is Mrs. Freeman. She is the lady who sits behind the main desk every day. She is the one that calls you from your class to get something from the front office or to be dismissed. She is also the lady that will give you change for five if you need it. These are a few of things that she does every day.  I will continually see a line of students in the front office that are there for one reason or another, and Mrs. Freeman helps every single one of them, and never forgets to smile.

My main point is that without Mrs. Tolbert or Mrs. Freeman, the front office would be a huge mess and no one would know why they were called to the office in the first place. Almost every person in the school has been to the front office at least once and, let’s be honest, most of us go get what we need and then leave without so much as a thank you or a smile. All I’m asking is that the next time you go up to the front office, say thank you after they help you or return a friendly smile that you always receive.

Helping teenagers all day probably isn’t always the most exciting job in the world so we should at least try to make it pleasurable and rewarding.  After all the things that they do for us on a daily basis, we could at least do these two things as a sign of our appreciation towards them.


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