ROCKLAND — Employees of Regional School Unit 13 are being recognized for their hard work and dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Challenge coins are being distributed to staff throughout the district.

Challenge coins are metal coins sometimes designed with colored enamel that signify membership (or in this case longevity) in an organization, Assistant Superintendent Steffany Tribou said.

“They can indicate a milestone or overcoming a challenge, and I think the pandemic has showed us how vital and important work in our school system is as well as the importance of each role in that system,” Tribou said. “Certainly, the past few years have been a challenge, however, school staff continuously find ways to overcome challenges every year.  Each year, experience allows our staff to become more skilled, and consistency and dedication of the staff within our system should be recognized and honored.  Our students and our community benefit when our staff are committed to their roles and our district, and these challenge coins are a token of appreciation as well as a symbol of unity.”

The coins have been designed in 5-year increments.  There is a separate design for each 5-year increment of service.  The coins that were ordered will last through the next four years. She said she hopes to work with students on designs and keep the tradition alive.

Board members and administration will present the coins to staff who have been with the district for at least 5 years.

There are seven total designs for increments of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 years with one staff member having more than 40 years who will receive a coin holder with a personalize plaque. Neal Guyer, who is project director for the district, has been with SAD 50 and now RSU 13 for 43 years.

For instance, if a staff member has worked with the district for 34 years as of this year, that staff member will receive the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 Challenge Coins.  Next year, on their 35th year, they will receive the 35-year coin.

In addition, board members are framing the resolve and when they visit district locations to help distribute coins, they will also present the location with the signed and framed resolve as a historic remembrance and honor of the hard work of RSU 13 staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tribou said.

Photo courtesy of Steffany Tribou

Photo courtesy of Steffany Tribou