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May 27, 2014 > Taking teacher appreciation to a new level

Taking teacher appreciation to a new level

Submitted By Simran Moza

As the school year draws to a close and students rush to cross academic finish lines, school Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) take this opportunity to show appreciation for teachers and their efforts. Activities can range from bringing teachers their favorite meals, having children write personalized Òthank youÓ notes and small token gifts. However, Brookvale Elementary in Fremont took Teacher Appreciation Week to a whole new level. When PTA member Michelle Soares approached teachers for their input, they requested a place in the teacherÕs lounge to hang family pictures. What seemed like a small job soon turned into a substantial project that completely transformed the space.

As PTA officials Soares and Brenda Godfrey began to contemplate an appropriate place for pictures, they noticed that the entire lounge could benefit from a touchup. Soares contacted school administrators and managed to have $2,300 allocated for the lounge upgrade project.

The PTA ended up surprising everyone with the results. From Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4, major renovations transformed the entire teacherÕs lounge. Soares, a member of the PTA for the last twelve years, said, ÒParent volunteers would come in to help for a couple of hours or half a day over the weekend. We were literally cleaning on our hands and knees!Ó

The lounge received a total makeover including new paint and replacement of appliances that were decades old. In addition, the lounge was cleared of antiquated furniture, including a massive conference table that nearly occupied the entire room. In its place, chic furnishings such as two cafˇ chairs with accent tables to match, all new benches, whiteboards, and a special Òbirthday plaqueÓ for the teachers were installed. After over 22 hours of volunteer service, the PTA was able to turn the teacherÕs lounge into the most desirable spot for teachers and staff at Brookvale Elementary Ð aside from their classrooms!

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