Celebrating Lakota Teachers and Staff Schools Host Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Activities

Celebrating Lakota Teachers and Staff Schools Host Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Activities
Celebrating Lakota Teachers and Staff Schools Host Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Activities
It’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, and all across the district Lakota’s teachers and staff are being celebrated for the energy and passion they bring to work each day.

“Because I spend a lot of time in the community, I know how much our staff is appreciated by others,” said Superintendent Karen Mantia. “Over and over when I’m talking to community members, someone tells me about a great teacher or bus driver or custodian or principal, who has made some positive mark in their child’s life. All those extra things that are done for our kids are noticed and valued, and it is wonderful to have a week like this where all of us can stop to pause and say thank you.”

Those ‘thank yous’ have been taking place in creative ways all week at Lakota schools, and are most often headed up by parent-teacher organizations. Here are just a few examples of the celebrations that took place this past week:

At Heritage Elementary, the week included yummy breakfasts, potato and salad bars, a Mexican fiesta, and lots of desserts.

At Woodland Elementary, the PTO treated the staff like Hollywood stars each day, with activities such as a “VIP Luncheon,”  snack cart for the stars and a popcorn bar and raffle.



Cherokee Elementary celebrated their “All Stars” with a snack cart, a breakfast of champions, concession stand snacks, a coaches’ time out (luncheon), daily raffles and player awards.

On Monday, the staff at Freedom Elementary was greeted with sidewalk chalk messages created by students, and a paper cup display in the fence at the front of the school. And the special daily treats included Monday's coffee bar themed “We’d like to ESPRESSO our thanks for all you do” day (coffee bar and Wednesday's theme of “Thanks for QUENCHING our kids' THIRST for knowledge” day (water bottles and bottle fillers). They concluded with box lunches Friday which was proclaimed “Thanks for thinking outside the box (lunch)” day.



Students at Shawnee Early Childhood School showered their teachers with cards, pictures, hugs, books for the classroom, flowers and special treats. Other activities for staff included a luncheon, chair massages and a snack cart with cake pops.

Independence Elementary kicked off the week of celebrations with a “thanks a bunch for taking care of our munchkins” theme. The staff lounge was filled with bananas with funny messages written on them, “thanks a bunch” bottled water and plenty of munchkin donuts. Parent volunteers also set up appreciation stations during the students’ lunchtime so that students could write thank you notes to staff members.


Celebrations weren’t limited to just this week. VanGorden Elementary celebrated teachers in March, and Liberty Early Childhood School will be honoring staff with a super hero theme next week. Events planned include a snack cart and luncheon, and students will bring in school supplies, favorite recipes, sweet treats, and draw pictures or write letters for their teachers. On Friday, the students will honor their local heroes (the staff) by dressing up as a super hero.

Thank you to all Lakota teachers and staff members for all you do!