School Nurse Day brought all but a few Leander ISD nurses out to receive much-deserved recognition. 

In all, 47 school nurses drove through a Nurse Appreciation Station set up at Vista Ridge High School. From the comfort of their own cars, our caregivers were treated to a cup of Summer Moon coffee, a Round Rock doughnut, a gift of appreciation, not to mention a showering of virtual hugs and waves of support.

“This pandemic has required school nurses to quickly adapt and provide support, not only to our students, but our community as a whole,” said Cristin Wicketts, district nurse, Leander ISD. “Words can’t express how thankful I am to the community businesses that donated and the unwavering support from Leander ISD allowing this ‘appreciation station’ to be a success.” 

Leander ISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D helped man the station the entire time, handing out LISD badge pins. Other district leaders showed up as well, to honor our nurses on the special day. 

“I was personally touched that the leadership team took time out of their busy day to personally thank us with the goodies and gifts,” Camacho Elementary school nurse Lucy Villarreal said. “It was the most thoughtful gesture and shows their intentions to appreciate each nurse, even during this unprecedented time.”  

While in year’s past nurses like Lucy would receive sweet notes and hugs from students and teachers, this act of appreciation made them feel even more blessed.

“We really do work for the best district where you feel valued, you have a voice, you are appreciated, and you will walk away with lasting friendships.”