Teacher Appreciation Week has been celebrated the first full week of May since 1984, and this year was no different. The celebration took place from May 8th to May 12th. Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized every year in District 93 to acknowledge educators who do so much for the school and the student body. While the celebrations do operate on a budget, it is always nice to give teachers a chance to be rewarded for their hard work.
Student council, also known as STUCO, is usually on the scene whenever an important event occurs. There was no doubt that they would do something for Teacher Appreciation Week. As usual, they made their signature teacher posters with witty catch phrases and puns typically posted around teacher’s doors. Ashley Yorgason, the STUCO Advisor, expressed how the group wanted to do more for Teacher Appreciation Week, but the budget didn’t allow it. “We had wanted to do really elaborate things like ‘Oh let’s get sandwiches catered’ and Drink Factory cards and things like that but we didn’t have quite that much money.” Mrs. Yorgason says in response to the topic of some of the scrapped plans. STUCO had eventually settled for serving ice cream to the teachers as well as giving them candy and soda, which was quite the nice gesture.
The Bonneville Buzz reached out to D93’s superintendent, Dr. Scott Woolstenhulme, about Teacher Appreciation Week and what the district does to celebrate the occasion. “At the school level, our principals and PTOs work together to recognize and celebrate our teachers and the rest of the incredible people who support our students,” replies Dr. Woolstenhulme. He comments that it is difficult to provide meaningful gifts for over two thousand employees and still be within their given budget. For example, he described a story of when the district wanted to gift some chips and salsa to the employees. Easier said than done because the endeavor resulted in a pallet of chips eight feet high in the back of a pickup truck trying to cater to the many schools within D93. Even though it might be hard to provide meaningful gifts without going over the budget, the work is still worth it to try and give the teachers in the district some token of appreciation.
While another Teacher Appreciation Week has come and gone, showing gratitude for teachers should not be limited to only one school week. The teachers in D93, as well as educators outside of the district, all deserve thanks for how much support they give to students and can yet expect so little in return. With the end of the school year fast approaching, remember that even a little whisper of a “thank you” can mean that much more to a teacher.