Northwest Iowa — This is National Teacher Appreciation Week and teachers in several districts are being honored and thanked by their administrators, students and others.
At Sheldon Community Schools, Superintendent Cory Myer says they got personalized note pads for all of their staff and there are snacks in the staff lounge this week. He says the school board approved the Teacher Appreciation Week proclamation at their April school board meeting. The proclamation says how important teachers are to society and thanks them for a job well done.
At George-Little Rock, Superintendent Tom Luxford says they had a big celebration and that sweet rolls were served to all teachers. He says they have an old-time ice cream social planned as a thank you to teachers this Wednesday, and on Thursday, there will be a teachers’ breakfast.
At MOC/Floyd Valley, Superintendent Russ Adams says each building will be recognizing their teachers in their own way. He says his office sent out treats to teachers and a thank you card. Adams says it’s important to honor teachers, especially this year as “…Everyone has put in more this year than ever.”
At Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Superintendent Patrick Carlin says their PIE Group (that’s Parents In Education) is bringing lunch and snacks all week for their teachers. He says the district will also be providing some snacks and a small gift to all employees to show their appreciation.
Sibley-Ocheyedan Superintendent James Craig says they recognize teacher appreciation week in the district with jeans week for staff. He says they also recognize their custodians, bus drivers, food service personnel, and paraprofessionals through the week. There are also community groups that support the week and teacher appreciation day on Tuesday of the week.
South O’Brien Schools Superintendent Wade Rieley says the Climate & Culture Committee is doing a lunch from a local restaurant. The National Honor Society cooked a breakfast Monday. The school board got a fruit basket and dessert basket for teachers and left them in each teachers’ lounge. Plus he says they will let school out early this Wednesday afternoon to give teachers a break so they can work in their rooms for a while without distractions. On Thursday, they’re going to do a “Throwback Thursday” where teachers post a first-year-of-teaching photo, and people can leave thank yous in the library. Plus there was a lunch to honor teachers on Tuesday for elementary teachers.
At Central Lyon, Superintendent Brent Jorth says the Central Lyon Parent Teacher Committee provided cinnamon rolls for staff on Monday. He says Central Lyon administrators provided lunch for staff on Monday and will again on Friday. Jorth says Central Lyon will also be hosting a retirement open house for Mrs. Connie Boeve, Mr. Bruce Eckenrod, and Mrs. Susan Van Wyhe this Wednesday at 3:30 to celebrate the 101 years of service these three middle school educators have given to the Central Lyon community.
At Rock Valley, Superintendent Chad Janzen says they provided a meal at their teacher in-service last week. He says they also use social media to bring awareness to the week and ask people to email a teacher.
Other districts are doing other things to honor their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.