Peggy Rogers puts a little extra life into Helias job

Peggy Rogers might be a school secretary at Helias Catholic High School, but she openly admits that there is another title that she answers to just as readily on a daily basis.

“Mother to all,” she said with a smile.

Whether it is to call home to leave sick for the day, to pick up a gift on Valentine’s Day from that significant other or to check back into school from a trip to the dentist’s office, Rogers is one of the first people a student sees. But she will be the first to tell you that the job is never as simple as just being the gateway for students.

“I lecture (the students) sometimes as I feel the need, even if it’s not my business and I don’t know them that well,” Rogers said. “Kids will go home sick and I will say ‘It’s a Friday night. That means you don’t go out.’ And they will just look at me. You don’t go out on Friday night if you go home sick.”

When the school installed the remote lock system — which can only be opened when an individual is buzzed in by someone at the main office — Rogers said she saw that as an opportunity to have a little fun with students and visitors alike.

“I always am trying to make the kids sing (before they get to come in),” Rogers said. “During Christmas time, I was making them sing ‘Jingle Bells.’ Older people, sometimes I make them sing ‘Peg ’O My Heart.’”

Things like that, Rogers said, are what made the job seem like the ideal position for her from the moment she took it in the spring of 2003. She jokes, however, that not everyone in her household might have been quite as excited as she was when it was clear she would be leaving her secretary’s position at St. Joseph’s Cathedral School.

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