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.”
‘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.
celebrated their “All
Stars” with a snack cart, a breakfast of champions, concession stand
snacks, a coaches’ time out (luncheon), daily raffles and player
On Monday, the staff at Freedom Elementary
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.
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!