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Showing Appreciation To Teachers

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Sulphur Springs ISD Education Foundation may not have been able to assist educators in the manner they are used to, they couldn’t let the week pass without showing appreciation to teachers for all their extra work to help school go flow as normally as possible, especially during the extraordinary circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Normally, we would award Innovative Teaching Grants to teachers during the school year”, said Board Member Gena Prickette. “During the 2020-2021 school year, all teaching was innovative! We want to personally thank them for everything they’ve accomplished this year. We look forward to awarding our Grants for Great Ideas program next fall.”

When they learned that Engie, the company responsible for the planned Hopkins County Solar Project in the Dike area, had expressed an interest in way to become more involved in and give back to the local community, SSISD Education Foundation contacted company officials to see if they’d be interested in helping show appreciation to teachers this week by helping to underwrite costs of offering snacks for all district teachers throughout the week. A partnership was formed between the two for this week for that purpose.

“Thank you for your faithful service to the children and parents of Hopkins County during this difficult year,” sponsoring partner Engie Hopkins County Solar Project commented in a release about the Teacher Appreciation effort. “The Hopkins Energy Solar Project is proud to partner with you, the teachers and staff of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District, in generating a brighter future for young minds.”

SSISD Education Foundation members will take turns visiting a different campus each day this week around 2 p.m. to offer teachers a small treat and personal thank you for their faithful service to local children and parents during a difficult year.

Monday, Education Foundation members visited the halls of Sulphur Springs High School with two rolling carts, offering refreshments to teachers and personally saying thank you to each one.

One cart was filled with iced and cooled sodas, bottled water and juice; and another filled with just about every kind of prepackaged individual concessions items one could imagine, including various kinds of chips (Funyuns, Doritos, Ruffles, Lays, Fritos, etc.), Ritz treats, chocolate covered pretzels, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Hershey’s miniatures and Kisses, and movie theater sized boxes of candies ranging from Swedish Fish to several different kinds of M&Ms, Starburst, Skittles and Sour Patch candy.

The Education Foundation plans to visit Douglass Early Childhood Learning Center and Bowie on Tuesday, Middle School on Wednesday, Travis and Sulphur Springs Elementary on Thursday, Bush Primary ad Lamar on Friday, and will be at Austin Academic Center at different times throughout the week.

The SSISD Education Foundation is a 501c3 non profit organization supporting Sulphur Springs ISD. You can contribute online at www.ssisdeducationfoundation.com or by emailing [email protected] for more information.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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