There was singing and dancing at Lafayette High on May 5 as the staff celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week in the parking lot. Staff members came together to distribute T-shirts, masks and goodies to teachers as they lined up in their cars to see administrators in person for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown.
“Usually we would have a luncheon or something of that nature to celebrate our teachers,” said Lafayette High Principal Dr. Karen Calcaterra. “Since we could not do that this year, I wanted to do something to commemorate this year for the teachers.”
The administrators decided on quarantine T-shirts and masks bearing message "Quarantine 2020" to make 2020 a year the teachers would remember.
Calcaterra and her secretary Connie Schumacher designed the shirts in a way that tastefully commemorates this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week.
“We wanted to do something cute but respectful of this time in our lives,” said Calcaterra. “The masks were an obvious choice, and we haven’t had yellow shirts in a while.”
In addition to the shirt and mask, each teacher received an envelope that held coupons to local businesses that support the Renaissance program. Some lucky teachers received gift cards to local restaurants around the area that also support the school. Casual Tees, a local business, made the T-shirts and masks.
Nurses received cupcakes along with their goodies as part of National School Nurse Appreciation Day.
As cars filled with teachers, their kids and pets lined the parking lot, it was clear everyone was happy to see each other.
"We were able to spend contactless time handing out goodies to 125+ staff members. It was a great turnout and we loved seeing everyone," Schumacher said. "We have an amazing staff at LHS and to be able to give them something special for all their hard work makes all of the Administration team very happy.