Quashnet School counselor Greta G. McCue was honored yesterday with the Mashpee Kiwanis Club Unsung Hero Award for her work at the school and in the greater Mashpee community.
“I was totally shocked, but it was great,” Ms. McCue said. “What a nice day.”
Yesterday morning she gave a presentation on mindfulness at the club’s breakfast meeting at Persy’s Place restaurant. When she finished, club members asked her to stay and surprised her with an Unsung Hero Award plaque and a $250 prize.
Quashnet School principal Patricia M. DeBoer, who nominated Ms. McCue for the award, emphasized Ms. McCue’s selflessness and tireless efforts to help others on her nomination form.
“She consistently goes above and beyond with a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to meet the needs of the students at the Quashnet School, their families, our school staff, the Mashpee community and local nonprofit organizations trying to make our world a better place,” Ms. DeBoer said.
Ms. DeBoer listed the ways Ms. McCue has contributed to the community, including volunteering at the Cape Cod Marathon, the Walk for Homelessness and the Mashpee Octoberfest; teaching mindfulness at summer school; attending Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod events, Mashpee Cares meetings, student athletic games and Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) meetings; working to introduce a Big Brother/Big Sister program at the Quashnet School; facilitating an eight-week session of Good Grief Program bereavement training for a Quashnet student; and participating in suicide prevention training for youths at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, among many others.
Ms. McCue, with the help of her husband, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School dean of students James F. McCue, also had a wooden labyrinth structure for meditation built outside the Quashnet School.
“I was raised in a family where we were just expected to do things [for our community] and we all did things together,” Ms. McCue said of her community service. “When you live in a community, that’s how you get to know people.”
Ms. McCue lives in Mashpee with Mr. McCue. She has three grown children.