Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, June 02, 2008

View staff giving back to beloved school counselor

According to today’s Enquirer, Norwood View Elementary school counselor Rae Lynn Burton leaves no child or anyone else behind by going above and beyond her job description on a daily basis. The list of her “aboves and beyonds” is lengthy: she has bought new bed linens for a family that couldn’t afford them so they could rid themselves of a chronic infestation of lice, driven sick children home from school or taken them to doctor appointments, collected donations from staff for a family without weekend groceries, protected children by counseling bullies that threaten them. Now she is the one the receiving end.

This past Friday, Ms. Burton underwent a mastectomy. The staff at Norwood View raised more than $1,000 to help pay for house cleaning or anything else she and her family need during her recovery. They and family members organized a calendar to deliver food to her Deer Park home. "We could never repay her for all she's done," said Sandra White, principal at View. "She's just that once-in-a-lifetime person that you're able to meet that does so much for others."