Students, parents, communities show appreciation for teachers
The Maple Dale-Indian Hill Parent Teacher Organization sponsored a weeklong slate of activities that thanked teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. Co-chairs for the event were Beth Alling (second from left) of Fox Point and Jen Friedman (right) of Bayside who said parents were generous with their support. They are joined by their daughters, Kelsie Alling, 9, and Lana Friedman, 10, as they put out apples and various dips for the staff to enjoy throughout the day.
By Anne Egan-Waukau
WEAC media relations specialist
Parents were out en masse at Maple Dale and Indian Hill elementary schools to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-10, 2008) and to thank staff for all they do for students throughout the school year.
The weeklong celebration was healthy, environmentally friendly - and fun, said parent Jen Friedman, who along with parent Beth Alling, co-chaired the events, which were sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization. In fact, the group included all staff at the schools in the parents’ salutations.
“Our teachers do so much for our schools and kids,” Friedman said. “It feels really good to do something for the entire staff.
“It seems like a small gesture on our part because we know how much they do day in and day out. And they do it with smiles and a love of learning,” she said.
Annette Evans, president of the Maple Dale-Indian Hill Education Association, said the staff is just as appreciative of the parents.
“The staff thinks the parents are terrific,” Evans said. “It’s nice to know that you are appreciated. I don’t think people in any situation hear that often enough. So it’s nice when people really come to the front and demonstrate it.”
“Our PTO is an incredible group of people who really show their appreciation to staff,” Evans said.
The district serves families from the Fox Point, Bayside, River Hills and Glendale communities, and the parents were generous with their donations of money, food and time, Friedman said.
“On Monday we gave them potted pansies in an environmentally friendly flower pot,” she said. “We included a note thanking them for the time, energy and passion they give daily toward educating and nurturing our children.”
According to Friedman: A massage therapist was brought in on Tuesday for “Massage Day”; lunch was provided on Wednesday’s “Rollie Pollie Day”; Thursday was “Decadent Dessert Day”; and Friday was “Apple Day.”
Friedman has two children - Seth, 8, and Lana, 10 – who attend Maple Dale School, and she sees daily the care and dedication the staff give to each child.
“My kids are thriving at Maple Dale,” she said. “They love going to school. They love their classes and they think their teachers are the greatest thing under the sun.
“It's a good sign when kids come home from school and sit down to do their homework without my having to ask. We are incredibly blessed with the programming, class sizes and attention to detail.
“I love our schools. How did we get so lucky?” Friedman asked with a smile.
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Posted May 9, 2008