ANDERSON — Teacher appreciation week, which concluded on Friday, comes at just the right time of year, say staff at Liberty Christian School.
They've endured a cold, snowy winter, followed by a rush to prepare for standardized tests. Now, they're in that final bittersweet sprint to the last day of school and summer vacation.
No wonder Liberty Christian teachers, like their colleagues everywhere, are feeling a bit fatigued.
But at a time when their energy level is beginning to flag, school parents and their children stepped up to provide staff with a much-needed boost.
From signs painted on school entrance doors to cards and small gifts and food — lots and lots of food — teachers know their work is valued and appreciated, said Tammy Ramsey, a Liberty Christian kindergarten teacher.
The food portion of the week began on Monday with sandwiches and iced tea for lunch. On Tuesday, the teacher break room was stacked high with Amazing Grace cupcakes and punch. The featured nosh Wednesday morning was bagels, cream cheese and juice. Doughnuts were waiting for teachers on Thursday. But the culinary culmination came on Friday, however, with a lunch catered by Qdoba Mexican Grill. And all through the week free soft drinks were available.
The entire weeklong event, as well as others like it through the year, was all organized by Liberty Christian Epals, or Elementary Parent Activity Leaders, who help organize classroom events.
"They're not just teachers, they're part of our huge Liberty Christian family," said Shannon Wedekind, one of the parent organizers.
"They're the ones that come together to do all of this," said Ramsey, who has taught there for 19 years. "We are a family and it's just unbelievable the love that you feel through things like this. It just perks you up."