HCPS employees embodied the department’s core values during Thursday’s “Employee Appreciation Ceremony and Core Values Inauguration.”
As part of the bi-annual all-staff Executive Forum,
employees received awards and demonstrated the new HCPS values. More than 300 employees
participated in the event at the Power Center, divided between morning and
Executive Director Joel Levine kicked off each session with
the keynote speech, explaining how the most recent HCPS initiative – first-ever
core values – affects all other parts of HCPS and its clients.
The HCPS values,
released earlier this year, are: Help, Excellence, Accountability, Respect and
“They form the building blocks of our agency and help
us to define right and wrong, as well as help us determine the behaviors and
perspectives that are valued within our culture,” Levine said. “Culture is a living, breathing thing.”
To showcase how important each HCPS value is to the overall
mission, employees from each division then a delivered a brief presentation
exhibiting each. The presentations took different forms: two as songs, one as a
rally and another as a teambuilding exercise.
Following the presentations, employees who have reached
milestone years with HCPS received certificates and awards.
"The HCPS story begins with you," Levine told employees.