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School districts show support for teachers


Christopher Andersson

Chalk messages like "You are the best" and "Thank you for teaching me" written by a Shoultes Elementary students during Teacher Appreciation Week this year.

Teacher Appreciation Week was May 8-12 and local school districts took the time to show support for their teachers during the week.

"We try to do some type of activity to show our teachers how much we appreciate them every year," said Robin Barker, executive administrative assistant at the Lakewood School District.

Barker said that she helped collect some gifts for teachers this year.

"I worked with some of our local businesses in collecting donations of various types and we are having a drawing amongst our teachers for an opportunity to win one of several special prizes," she said.

The district collected about 50 prizes. They also put together treat bags decorated with Minions, characters from the film "Despicable Me," for staff members.

The theme was "Lakewood Teachers are One in a Minion."

"We also decorated the staff rooms with decorations relating to this theme and published an appreciation notice in our staff newsletter," said Barker.

Arlington School District Superintendent Chrys Sweeting said that the district's schools each had their own activities to recognize teachers and local PTAs have also reached out to teachers.

Marysville schools also had their own activities, like at Shoultes Elementary where administrative staff helped prepare a breakfast for teachers at the school and students wrote thank you notes on the sidewalk with chalk.

"We are thrilled to recognize each and every one of our professional educators, and want to thank them for their dedication and commitment to engage, inspire, and prepare every child we serve," said Becky Berge, Marysville School District superintendent.

Sweeting said she worked for more than 14 years as a teacher herself so she knows how much teachers should be supported

"I'm a teacher myself at heart," she said. "I know the energy and commitment it takes to help teach students."

Teachers help students grow with their learning, socially and emotionally, she said.

"They deserve so much praise for the work that they do," said Sweeting. "I'm very proud of all the staff that we have here in Arlington."

Barker said Lakewood's teachers are also deserving of recognition.

"Our teachers are dedicated and committed to the success of every student," she said. "They are hardworking individuals who put in a great deal of time and effort to support all of our students."

Sweeting and Berg encouraged appreciation for teachers across the year as well.

"As far as I'm concerned every week should be Teacher Appreciation Week, not just one," she said.

"Our Marysville School District teachers should be commended not only this week, but every day," said Berg.

Local school boards also recognized the week by reading Gov. Jay Inslee's proclamation regarding teachers.

"At the district level we had our board read the proclamation from the governor," said Sweeting.

Arlington also recognized Nurses' Day in the middle of the appreciation week.

"The daily support for students to be safe and healthy they provide is really important," said Sweeting. "That helps students feel safe so that they are read to learn in the classroom."


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