Forest Park, IL...Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be joining with school districts across the country to honor teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 6 to 10.
Every year during National Teacher Appreciation Week, District 209 works to say thanks and show appreciation for the great work that teachers throughout the district do each day.
"Teachers are the backbone of our educational institutions," said Dr. Nettie-Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "Students are able to thrive and pursue their dreams thanks to teachers. A week is not enough time to celebrate everything teachers do, but we want to make sure that they know how much they are valued and how much we appreciate all that they do especially during this week."
Dr. Collins-Hart will visit Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Math and Science Academy during faculty and staff lunch hour. Refreshments will be made available to teachers for a "drop-in and chat with the Superintendent." In addition, individual school activities will be held throughout the week to honor our teachers.
The schedule is as follows:
- Proviso West (Conference Room): Appreciation Celebration and Dialogue with the Superintendent,
- PMSA (Teacher's Lounge): Appreciation Celebration and Dialogue with the Superintendent,
Wednesday, May 8
- Proviso East (Board Room): Appreciation Celebration and Dialogue with the Superintendent,
Thursday, May 9.
There are a variety of ways that everyone can help celebrate teachers at your school. You can:
- Send a note of thanks to teachers.
- Give a small token of appreciation for your favorite teacher.
- Offer to take care of a small task for a teacher.
"We realize that our profession is overtaxed and underappreciated," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "Too often we get busy in our day-to-day and forget the little things that matter – such as a simple ‘thank you.’ I personally want to lead the charge in doing better in that area – not just the teachers, but for all employees. Maybe we can use the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week to embark on that endeavor. Thank you for all you do to help our students excel and our school system to improve. You are appreciated."