Last year, when I was in charge of our school's Mountain Man extravaganza, it nearly broke my family in two. As my husband's patience was stretched to it's max, I promised him that I would NEVER take on another big commitment like this during the month of May.
Just a few weeks after this big event passed, one of my good friends approached me with a favor. A big favor. She was going to be next year's PTA president and her teacher appreciation board member had just fallen through. She really wanted me to fill that position. Knowing that "teacher appreciation week" falls in the month of May, I knew there was no way that I could do that to my family. I declined the offer. A few weeks later, she came back and approached me with same request again. Again, I declined. By the third time she approached me , I knew that she really was at her wit's end. She had exhausted all other options and she really needed someone to fill that spot. In a weak moment, I accepted the position...but didn't dare tell Ted for another few months! I knew he needed some more time to recover from the last event!
As it turns out, this has been such a fun (but busy) year. Iturns out that this position is much more involved than one week. I was in charge of back-to-school gifts, I have been in charge of providing a "treat" the first friday of every month, of bringing in birthday gifts for all of the faculty, of providing dinners all the nights of parent/teacher conference, and let's not forget the big kahuna...teacher appreciation week. Once again, my family, and even my marriage, has been put to the test, but the experience was very fun and those teachers were all so gracious and appreciative. All in all, I will miss working with the faculty in this capacity. It has been such a great year!
Our year's PTA theme is "Celebrate" so I wanted to take that same theme and really CELEBRATE our teachers. All week we tried to make it to be a true celebration! We gave the teacher's martinelli's with champagne goblets attached as the kick-off gift. We also had something fun/exciting every day of the week. Whether it be massages, or fiestas, or luncheons, or bouquets of flowers, we did our best to treat them like royalty. I didn't capture everything, but here are some pics:
To make things extra fun, we held a daily raffle with fun prizes from little boutique shops, day spas, photography studios, and such. Being the crazy lady that I am, I chose to kick off the week by playing "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang at the beginning of my announcement to the school. Every morning the school officers would play a little of that song, then make their daily raffle announcement. The teachers said that the kids would get up and dance to the music and then they would cross their fingers while the raffle drawing took place. So fun!
At the end of the week, the teachers made a sweet poster for me and the PTA. I was so touched by their kindness!
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