Student Sam Barlett serves a cold drink to Eclectic Middle School teacher Lakesha Ray at last week’s teacher appreciation party, which was organized by the PTSO. Photo by David D. Goodwin
Student Sam Barlett serves a cold drink to Eclectic Middle School teacher Lakesha Ray at last week’s teacher appreciation party, which was organized by the PTSO. Photo by David D. Goodwin

Middle school faculty get island-flavored thank you

Published 6:12pm Saturday, June 1, 2013

There was ample reason to celebrate last Wednesday, as the buses and cars were loaded with Eclectic Middle School students headed home for the summer.
But a handful of parents and students had another celebration planned, a Hawaiian-style luau to show the school’s faculty and staff how much they are appreciated.
Assistant principal Latresia Robinson said the actual Teacher Appreciation Week earlier in May coincided with major testing for most of the school’s students. That left no time for extra activities, beyond the complimentary desserts made for each teacher every day that week by the PTSO.
But the real celebration came after school was out for summer, as parents Stacy Boardwine, Sara Barlett, their children and a few others transformed the EMS library into a tropical paradise. The teachers were greeted at the door by the kids in flowery shirts and grass skirts, dancing the hula and placing flowered leis around each one’s neck.
The umbrella that garnished each colorful drink the teachers were served was numbered. Each number corresponded to one of dozens of items donated to say thanks. Prizes included theme park and theatre tickets, gift baskets and much more.
“This is for you, and please make sure you enjoy it,” Boardwine said. “This is our way of saying thank you.”
Principal Dane Hawk thanked the PTSO for organizing the event, and noted he often hears in the community how great EMS’s teachers are.
“This has nothing to do with me and everything to do with you,” Hawk said. “I’ve got an easy job to do. I just have to hang on and let you do what you do.”

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