Teacher Appreciation Week was Monday-Friday, April 30-May 4, and the Troup Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) made every effort to make certain the Troup Elementary teachers felt appreciated.
“The Troup Elementary PTO supports our teachers and students throughout the year,” stated Melanie Johnson, principal at Troup Elementary. “Their efforts during Teacher Appreciation Week are simply amazing. Year in and year out, this organization provides our staff with thoughtful gifts and great food. I know that the teachers look forward to this week all year. I really would like to thank all of the Troup Elementary PTO, past and present, for their support.”
The theme chosen by the PTO for this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week was Vegas Night, reported PTO President Jessica Sluder, who coordinated the events. Daily treats or favors were given in accordance with the theme. On Monday, teachers received lottery tickets with notes stating, “We won the lotto with you as our teacher.” Payday bars were given out Tuesday, playing cards on Wednesday, a cookie Thursday and lip balm with notes stating “you’re the balm on Friday.
Breakfast was served daily and Thursday, May 3, an appreciation luncheon with sandwiches and salad from Cheyenne’s Lunch Box was served. Parent volunteers took over classes long enough for teachers to gather together for lunch and have a meal together without interruption or performing other tasks. They also enjoyed bingo and prizes during the luncheon and each received a $25 gift card to Target.
“We teachers and staff look forward to Teacher Appreciation Week every year,” said reading acceleration teacher Julie Harper. “Our PTO at Troup Elementary spoil us with food and goodies throughout the week and we especially look forward to the outstanding luncheon they so lovingly provide. We truly feel special and appreciated by their kind efforts, as well as the many other parents and students who recognize us. It is especially nice to receive these gifts at the end of the school year when we are on that last big push to get the students ready for the next grade level. We are tired, and the goodies we receive and sweet words we hear give us that encouragement and ‘oomph’ to make it to the end of May.”