Schools say thanks to teachers

May. 11, 2013 @ 05:05 AM

Rutherford County teachers received the recognition they deserve during Teacher Appreciation Week.

According to the National Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) the first week in May is designated as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. Local schools participated by providing lunches, giving gifts and showing their teachers that they care.

“We want to recognize them for their hard work. We see them here at school and we know that they put in this hours, but we also know there are a whole lot more hours that are involved,” said Sheila Hutchins, assistant principal at East Rutherford Middle School. “We want to let them know that we notice it.”

Gifts that teachers at East Rutherford received included a bottle of water thanking them for ‘quenching the thirst of our students,’ and a bottled Coca-Cola with peanuts attached saying “we are nuts about you.” They also got the chance to win door prizes on Friday.

“It’s good to do those random acts occasionally, they make a big difference,” Hutchins said. “We just want them to know that everybody is important. We included custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers in this because we know we can’t do it by ourselves. We just want everyone to know how much we appreciate them loving our kids.”

Other schools across the county celebrated the week in a variety of ways, but the parent-teacher organization (PTO) from Rutherfordton Elementary School took it a step farther by providing their teachers with a free car wash on Wednesday.

“If the keys are in the car, we pick them up and drive them over here and wash them,” said Michael Tesseneer, PTO president. “All of the teachers here are wonderful, we have a great staff. They pay a lot out of pocket for items in their classroom. We try to give them a couple hundred a year, but they spend a lot of their own money. This is the least we can do.”