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May 6, 2014

Baldwin schools mark Teacher Appreciation Week

MILLEDGEVILLE — School districts, parents, administrators and students across the nation will reach out to show their appreciation for teachers in the coming days as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Locally, Baldwin school district administrators have a wide selection of scheduled activities and gifts to show their appreciation for the educators in each respective school.

In some instances community partners and local businesses are donating gifts and resources to help show their support of educators.

"We have wonderful donations from local businesses to give to our Early Learning Center staff [this wee]. Our Partner In Education Advocate, [Baldwin County school board member] Lyn Chandler, was instrumental in connecting us with such generous businesses," said Principal Blanche Lamb.

Each day, faculty and staff of the Early Learning Center will receive edible tokens of appreciation from local restaurants. A mini breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A will start the week off followed by a salad bar on Tuesday, courtesy of Captain D’s. Wednesday will feature a potato bar provided by Longhorn Steakhouse and Thursday teachers can satisfy their sweet tooth with treats from Ryal's Bakery. The week of appreciation will end with Blizzard coupons provided by Dairy Queen.

At Creekside Elementary School, tokens of appreciation will extend beyond edible goodies. Principal Tracy Clark said there will be daily drawings for door prizes for Creekside staff along with a “gift a day” for the whole week.

"Our teachers at Creekside are what makes us Creekside. They do an awesome job each day. The dedication they have to the students and Creekside is insurmountable," she said.

Georgia Military College Prepatory School will also have great give aways for their teachers. The week will begin with a breakfast provided by the Bulldog Club followed by a gift giveway for faculty. Teachers’ names will be put in a hat and each day a drawing will detemine which educator will receive the selected gift.

Teachers at Midway Elementary School will also receive gifts of appreciation ranging from food to clothing.

"We plan to feed our teachers lunch and show tokens of appreciation throughout the week," said Principal Antonio Ingram, "Midway staff will also receive a new shirt showing their school pride."

At Georgia College Early College, teachers function as both educators and administrators. Principal Dr. Runee Sallad said with the program being smaller in size compared to traditional schools, teachers often serve in administrative capacities to plan, implement, and monitor the best methods to support students both in and outside the classroom.

"I appreciate their creativity, willingness to think outside of the box,  and function as one -- in all situations."

School Superintendent Geneva Braziel also appreciates the work all educators in the district do every day for their pupils.

"I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all teachers for their extraordinary dedication to the students of Baldwin County," she said. "Not only do you teach, you act as counselors, mentors, role models, and leaders in our schools and communities. Each day, you are on the front line supporting our students and ensuring student achievement, regardless of their individual needs and challenges."

Congress declared a National Teacher Day in 1980 and in 1985 the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) established National Teacher Appreciation Week as the first week of May.

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