South Loop students and families are showing teachers some love during Teacher Appreciation Week

By Naomi N., 8th grade

This week, May 6 to 10, South Loop is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, which is when people in the South Loop community take time to honor and commemorate our amazing, talented and hardworking teachers with donations from families.

This is a great time to celebrate our teachers who give so much to educate the South Loop Students. For special events like these, parents love to pitch in and show their own appreciation for the teachers who are educating their children.

Parent volunteer and organizer of Teacher Appreciation Week Tiffany Norwood said, “Our teachers have done such a fantastic job for our students.” When asked about the parent involvement, she said that the parents have done a great job in offering to help! From donations to offering to set up, decorations, picking up items, dropping off food and so much more. This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the parent community!

South Loop teachers do a lot to help students achieve their academic goals. They give support to students when struggling, challenge us to think, mentor students, apply lessons to real life, give opportunities to improve grades, sponsor after school activities and field trips.

As an 8th grader this year, I’m very thankful for the support the teachers have given my classmates and me through our elementary careers. The teachers here at South Loop challenge us when necessary, give us ways to find knowledge outside of class and most of all provided us with tools to use for the future school years.

Throughout this week take a moment to look back and reflect on how a teacher has impacted your life and why you should appreciate them.

At the Branch Building, festivities include:

Monday: Class door decorated

Tuesday: “Room service”

Wednesday: “What We Love About You” notes

Thursday: Lunch for teachers and staff

Friday: Donuts for teachers and staff and a class gift

“In addition to making this special for our classroom teachers, we are also delivering thank-you goodie bags to the specials, assistants, and diverse learner instructors, as well as our administration and support staff, plus presenting a group gift for the Youth Guidance team,” said parent coordinator Erika Berkey.

At the Main Building, festivities include:

Monday: Teacher’s Lounge will be decorated; teacher’s lunch provided by Baba Pita

Tuesday: Massages provided by L&A Healing

Wednesday: Coffee and donuts from Dunkin Donuts

Thursday: Pizza lunch provided by Michelle Mitchell and Bob Morrison

Friday: Sweets and Treats Day! A “Thank You” cake will be given along with other savory desserts. Also, each teacher will receive a Target “Thank You” gift card