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Letter: Employee Appreciation Week recognizes contributions

With Employee Appreci-ation Week having started Monday, Feb. 24, it's a perfect opportunity for all of us to recognize just how invaluable Duke employees are on this campus and within the university community. Let's face it: without them, most of us would be hungry and unable to get to classes on other campuses not to mention living in filth.

The unfortunate thing is that Duke employees do such a great job at making sure our daily lives run seamlessly that we often forget to stop and genuinely thank them for the services that they provide. Employee Appreciation Week, sponsored by the Community Service Center, is a wonderful way to do just that and let employees know how grateful we are for their hard work. Whether it's through lunch vouchers for individual students who would like to share a meal with their favorite employee, a luncheon in the Bryan Center where students and employees have the chance to interact or tables at the bus stop with refreshments for the drivers, Employee Appreciation Week is full of opportunities for each and every one of us to recognize these important members of the Duke community.

But it doesn't end here: Employee Appreciation Week is just the fruit of our appreciation, not the whole of it. It is a model for the type of appreciation that we can and should be practicing all the time, not just during one designated week. So check out a schedule and stop by an event, but most importantly, just stop and take the time to say "Thanks."

The writers are members of the Community Service Center's student staff.

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