Thursday, 20 October 2022 10:09

HPARD’s Karmelette Rice makes impact at community center

Karmalette Rice makes her living as division manager for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department Division. But it’s her community service that gets her recognition.  Joyce Miller, a registered nurse at the Beverly Hills Community Center had this to say about her:

To Whom it may Concern:

I wish to commend Mrs. Karmelette Rice for her hard work at Beverly Hills Community Center.  Mrs. Rice has a great love for the children in the center.  She is patient, enduring, and has planted seeds of encouragement, success, social interaction, positive feedback, and team spirit to each child in the center.  Mrs. Rice goes the extra mile to ensure each child is seen as an individual and taps into each child’s personality to ensure that child has a positive experience daily in the center. Activities are fun filled, educational and enhance cultural diversity.

I want to highlight how Mrs. Rice went over and beyond the call of duty.  I had a ten-year-old great grandson who lived with me and was registered for the summer camp program at another facility in my area.  Upon the commencement of the program, I was informed that the child’s registration was not complete, and he could not attend that program because of a closed enrollment.  Despite my having completed all necessary documentation and having been informed that all my documentation was complete, my great grandson was turned away from the center.  I reached out to Mrs. Rice the same day and was told that the enrollment at Beverly Hills was to its capacity.  Mrs. Rice told me she would audit her roster and get back to me on that evening if in fact a vacancy was available.  Mrs. Rice called me later that same evening after work hours and stated, “you may enroll your great grandson, I have noted a vacancy in our center.”  It was after 9pm when we had this conversation. I was so elated because this child had no other activities available to him for the summer.

Upon dropping my grandson off in the mornings and evenings I noted some of the activities in which the children were engaged, team sports, table games, indoor activities, and culturally diverse activities.  The staff at this center were actively ensuring each child was treated as an individual and that their safety was not compromised. Each time I visited the center Mrs. Rice was busy arranging field trips, interacting with the children and fostering positive outcomes for the center.  Mrs. Rice always greeted me and other parents with a smile and extended a huge welcome to us.  Mrs. Rice had a way with children that made you realize that she had her heart and soul vested in the center and the children. I am forever grateful that a seed was planted in my great grandson by his attendance in the summer program.  He learned team spirit, respect for others and said repeatedly,” Grandma Joyce, I want to come back next summer because I made new friends and had a good time.”  My wish is that he comes back to this center next summer and spends future summers in this dynamic program.

I was so grateful to Mrs. Rice for affording the opportunity for my great grandson to attend this program. I offered a cost-free CPR class to the staff and children attending the summer program as my way of saying thank you.  Let me share with you how eager the children were to receive information about CPR, AED training and first aid training.  Each child present participated in hands on skills for CPR, learning how to use an AED, and how to render first aid.  Each child was presented with a certificate of participation and the staff was presented with Heart saver, AED, First Aid training and CPR training issued by the American Heart Association. Kudos to Mrs., Rice, the staff and the children at the Beverly Hills Center.


Joyce Miller, RN
AHA BLS Instructor

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