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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 24, 2014

Fairfield celebrates education week

By DIANE VANCE | Nov 19, 2013

American Education Week, celebrated this week, presents Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

Principal Jeff Eeling said at Washington Elementary School, students wrote a letter of appreciation to a former teacher.

“We had a dessert bar for our associates,” he said. “And we provided cookies to the students.”

Administrators are hosting a breakfast from 6-8 a.m. Wednesday at Fairfield High School for all district staff.

At Pence Elementary School, “We feel it’s extremely important to honor all the people who are making a difference in each child’s education,” said Luyre Sobaski, second grade teacher.

“Every year schools celebrate American Education Week,” she said. “It’s a week to celebrate people who work in education. It’s a shame that we only ‘celebrate’ these people for one week a year.

“We sometimes forget that without our support staff much of the work we do wouldn’t happen,” said Sobaski. “We tend to take much of this for granted.”

Sobaski outlined a few of the important things support staff members contribute:

• Support staff work one-on-one with students who need help.

• Support staff do the dirty work, such as lunchroom and recess duties, making copies and cleaning up various “messes.”

• Support staff helps with classroom management, laminating and cutting out materials and always are willing to help out teachers when they need it.

“Our support staff comes to school with a smile on their face everyday even when it’s a challenge,” said Sobaski. “The support staff at Pence helps to make our school amazing. So hats off to all support staff workers, we appreciate you.”

At Libertyville Elementary School, students are asked to write a thank you letter to a teacher who has taught them something.

Libertyville teachers are buying pizza for the support staff Wednesday. And the bus drivers will receive homemade cookies and brownies from second grade teacher Rachel Meyers and kindergarten teacher Brandi Strickler.

Fairfield Middle School students are asked to take the time to write a note of appreciation this week in homeroom to a current or former teacher who has made a difference in their lives.

FMS support staff will be treated to lunch Wednesday.

On Thursday, teachers are asked to wear jeans and clothing representing their college.

“Teachers are asked to take time to talk with students this week about students’ college and/or future dreams,” said Principal Laura Atwood. “Teachers can share their positive experiences. This may be the only time students will hear that college is an option for them.”

Friday will be school pride, orange and black and student appreciation day.

Atwood asks teachers to offer positive words to each student this week.

“Let students know you appreciate them,” she’s told her staff.

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