SPRING LAKE — To coincide with National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, students at H.W. Mountz have shown their appreciation for the school’s staff during several events organized by the PTA.
“We call it Teacher and Staff Appreciation week because it also involves our custodians, administration, nurses and paraprofessionals,” said PTA member Emily Snyder.
The week started with a presentation of thank you cards on the front lawn of H.W. Mountz on Monday.
“Something new this year was the presentation of thank you cards the students wrote for the staff. We celebrated on the front lawn and celebrated all the staff members,” said Ms. Snyder.
Then on Tuesday, teachers and staff were given breakfast with donuts, bagel stations and coffee in the school’s main office.
The PTA typically hosts multiple teacher appreciation breakfasts throughout the year.
“We host breakfasts for the teachers that come into work on holidays like President’s Day and MLK day. It’s just to thank them for coming in on days the rest of us have work, to put in extra professional hours for the kids,” said Ms. Snyder.
Thursday will be the biggest event of the week with a Teacher’s Luncheon, which is made possible by donations of food from parents.
“It’s nice because all of the families in the school get to donate food items like salads, pastries or drinks. We host it right in the school for them,” said Ms. Snyder.
The Luncheon has been a recurring event at H.W. Mountz; however, like many events, it took a hiatus in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We couldn’t do the big Luncheon in the past two years, so it’s nice to bring it back. I know the teachers look forward to it every year and the PTA does a great job organizing it,” said Ms. Snyder.
Finally, on Friday, teachers will receive gift cards on behalf of the PTA.
“I think it’s nice to be appreciated and have people thank you for all the hard work you do all year. Especially coming out of COVID and remote learning, it took a toll on everyone, but we sometimes forget the teachers. So it’s important to let them know all their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed,” said Ms. Snyder.
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