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Dixie FRC's Spicer receives district’s 212 Degrees Award

Kasey Spicer At 211 degrees, water is hot. But at 212 degrees, it boils. The difference is just one degree, but it is significant. Boiling water creates steam, and that steam has enough energy to power a freight train. Fayette County Public Schools has countless staff members who go above and beyond to serve students, and the district honors some of those efforts with a 212 Degrees Award during the monthly school board meetings. The January 2020 recipient was Kasey Spicer, the Family Resource Center coordinator at Dixie Magnet Elementary. 

Principal Robin Steiner noted Dixie is home to a growing number of refugee families from Congolese nations, and Spicer has become a familiar face in the neighborhood and become a part of the community – going on home visits, making welcome packets for incoming kindergarteners, and attending family gatherings and celebrations. When Spicer noticed that Dixie’s weekend food backpacks from God’s Pantry Food Bank didn’t include food reflective of the culture of the Congolese families, she collected donations and purchased staples of beans, rice, and fresh fruit and vegetables to be more responsive. 

Also, for more than a year, Spicer worked with various community agencies to try to gather enough bikes for the students who desperately wanted to bike to school. When other holiday giving programs were unable to meet the request, Kasey made pleas on social media to Dixie families and friends in order to gather enough money. 

Spicer is indeed building relationships with students’ families in ways that bridge cultures and make schools a welcoming place for everyone. 

To nominate an FCPS employee for the 212 Degrees Award, please email district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall.

(2019-20)