School custodian goes above and beyond to spark positive attitudes

Connie Brice is NBC12′s latest “Acts of Kindness Award” recipient
Updated: Apr. 30, 2019 at 12:59 PM EDT
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GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - There are certain people in life who can light up a room without saying much of anything. For a Goochland community, that person is Connie Brice.

She’s the head custodian at Byrd Elementary School, but she’s also the pulse and heartbeat of the building.

Ms. Connie is the indispensable spirit pumping Byrd elementary school, with tons of positive energy.

Maryah Saunders, has two grandkids at the school, Austin and Berkley.

“She’s always making jokes, she likes making people laugh, and she likes to laughing as well," said Austin.

“Every time you have trouble with something she always helps you," said Berkley.

“All the kids flock to her, they all love her,” added Saunder.

At lunch Ms. Connie does it all.

“If a child doesn’t have a drink, Ms. Connie is going to get them a drink, If a child is having a birthday Ms. Connie’s puts them in the spotlight. She’s constantly celebrating the kids,” said Saunders.

That’s why Connie Brice was chosen as NBC12′s “Acts of Kindness award” recipient.

Connie Brice embraces NBC12's Anthony Antoine has the latest “Acts of Kindness Award”...
Connie Brice embraces NBC12's Anthony Antoine has the latest “Acts of Kindness Award” recipient. (Source: NBC12)

With $300 in her hand, Maryah Saunders and her two grandkids, walked up to Ms. Connie to say thank you.

“Ms. Connie I just want to thank you for everything you do for these kids and this school,” said Saunders. "I nominated you for the Channel 12 Act of Kindness award, I have $300 for you. I just want to thank you for being such a positive role model for the kids and everybody in the school.”

Tears would soon be followed by even more surprises, as the Superintendent, Jeremy Raley came in.

"I am here today to let Ms. Connie know that she is our 2019 Goochland County Public Schools employee of the year.”

An earth shattering day, for a woman who knows the true value of every breath.

Ms. Connie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and even through all the treatments, she still comes to school to be here with the kids, against doctors’ orders. Cancer has caused some physical changes, but it can’t touch Ms. Connie’s spirit.

Chemotherapy and radiation aren’t what’s keeping her alive, it’s the love that can only be found under these fluorescent lights at Byrd Elementary.

“When I come in I feel so much at ease. This is my medicine, this is joy to me.”

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