Allison Glass, principal of Summit Academy Community School – Warren Elementary, made rounds to her teachers’ homes bearing gifts of gratitude this morning for National Teachers’ Day and Teacher Appreciation Week.
Upon her arrival to teachers’ homes across the Mahoning Valley, Glass planted “A Superhero Teacher Lives Here” sign in each of their yards. She also left gift baskets brimming with goodies at their doorways before knocking on front doors and dashing several feet away to say “thank-you” from a distance when the teachers opened their doors.
Early today the teachers, as well as instructional aides, behavior specialists and other school staff members received texts notifying them to answer their doors later in the morning. Fellow school staff members helped out Glass with the surprise deliveries to more than 20 homes in the area.
Chips, salsa and other Cinco de Mayo fare, face masks, rolls of toilet paper and T-shirts bearing the message “Dedicated Teacher even from a Distance” were among the many treats delivered. The gift baskets also included bingo cards and a link to a virtual bingo game. The teachers will play bingo together tonight virtually and have a chance to win assorted prizes, including tickets to area events.
“This is a chance to celebrate our amazing teachers,” Glass says. “Our teachers serve our students and families all year round. This is one week out of the year that we can highlight teachers and make them feel important and show them we appreciate all their efforts, especially in light of what has occurred, changing from physical classrooms to a virtual setting.”