For teachers and other staff members in the School District of La Crosse, May 8 was a day to enjoy some extra attention, as well as a few treats, for the fourth annual Thank a Teacher Day in La Crosse Public Schools.
Before school, volunteers organized by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation made special deliveries to 15 locations, providing muffins, donuts and fresh fruit for about 1,000 employees as part of Thank a Teacher Day. In addition to teachers, the event recognizes the teaching assistants, food service staff, custodians, administrative assistants, nurses, principals and other staff who make a difference every day in the lives of La Crosse school children.
Treats were provided via grant support from the La Crosse Community Foundation’s Carol and Duane Taebel Family Fund. Other community volunteers participated, including representatives from the District Wide Parent Committee and the La Crosse Area Retired Educators’ Association, as well as Rotary Interact Clubs from Central and Logan high schools.
Talking about the importance of teachers, Carol Taebel, herself a former teacher, told WXOW-TV. “You are there for the kids … They don’t want to go home some of them, after school. You are really like a second parent.”
Sandra Brauer, principal at North Woods International School, told WXOW it is important to encourage people to consider a career in teaching. “If your heart tells you that teaching is for you, if you have a heart for children and for helping children learn and grow and develop, listen to that calling.”
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