Teacher Appreciation Week

Much has changed about the world of education these past 8 weeks, but one thing has not changed. The incredible Jenison Public Schools staff has continued to show their gigantic hearts, tenacious spirits and attitudes of perseverance.

From day 1 of the COVID-19 closure, our amazing teachers and staff have been working hard to stay connected to their students. The interruption to our face-to-face instruction has served to reveal how much our students mean to our teachers and vice versa. JPS teachers are “all in, all of the time” meeting the needs of their students. I am grateful to know and work with extraordinary teachers and staff who care so deeply.

Even with Remote Learning Plans engaged, Teacher Appreciation Week was still something to celebrate! It was fun to see different schools, parent clubs and students showing their love and appreciation last week in different ways.

On Friday, El Puente teachers stopped by school to pick up gifts from the Parent Club. Little did they know, many EP families were just down the road staging a surprise parade of appreciation!

Bauerwood teachers were recognized with a pretty sweet, socially distanced visit. Handmade signs and donuts were delivered to every Bauerwood staff member last week.

It was an awesome opportunity for schools to partner with and support our local businesses as well. Cards with gift certificates to The WIN and Palermo’s Pizza were mailed. Books and Biggby gift cards were speaking a teacher’s love language. A lunch time pizza parade with Lombardo’s Pizza provided a gift to make teacher tastebuds happy too!

Throughout the week, many of the schools were recognizing their teachers with ‘shout outs’ via social media and inviting students to join the fun. Students were busy sending their love with video messages, drawings, poems, letters, silly dances and making music! Some families even sent some home baked goodies to show their appreciation. No matter what ‘THANK YOU’ sounded or looked like last week, it never seems enough for the superheroes that are our JPS teachers and staff!

THANK YOU Jenison Public Schools teachers for the amazing job you do, day in and day out! #JPSBeRelentless

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