Celebrating educators

Raissa Tetanish
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Children, peers help make week special

Leaving notes on new white boards adorning the doors is just one way students at Cumberland North Academy have been celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, that started Monday, Feb. 12.

Celebrating educators

BROOKDALE - Leaving notes on new white boards adorning the doors is just one way students at Cumberland North Academy have been celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, that started Monday, Feb. 12.

I think most of the students do recognize what this week is for, especially those in the higher levels, said Susan Faulkner, a Grade 4 teacher who plans on retiring in June after 34 years of teaching.

For the appreciation week, Faulkner says the Home and School Association has planned various things, all of which are surprises for faculty.

They sent home letters with the kids that only parents and students could look at. It was hard to pass those out and not peek inside, added Faulkner.

Usually every day the Home and School has something for us. Its just nice to go in in the mornings and see a surprise. Its something to look forward to.

This week, Faulkner had her students bring something in from home and to make a commercial for the item. One student chose a box of chocolates and when she finished her commercial, she left the chocolates with Faulkner.

Sometimes they surprise you, Faulkner said.

Teacher Appreciation Week began after Faulkner started teaching, but she says the children do respond well to the celebration.

It makes them stop and think about just how much their teachers do for them and how much we help them.

For some, the teacher is the only adult they associate with during their day.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland North Academy, Home and School Association

Geographic location: BROOKDALE

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