Rockwood School District community members are finding unique ways to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-9, 2020, despite the temporary closure of schools due to COVID-19.
At Kellison Elementary, on April 28, staff members delivered "Superhero" yard signs to teachers' homes.
Twelve signs were delivered to 12 people. Those teachers have directions to enjoy the signs for two days. Then they are instructed to deliver the sign to another staff member.
"The colorful sign reads 'A Kellison Elementary Superhero lives here,'" said Kellison Assistant Principal Suzanne DuPree.
Co-organizer and longterm kindergarten substitute Nathan Bauer said, "The biggest thing is to give our staff some light and appreciation. Since we're not here to celebrate, we thought: Why don't we take the celebration to teachers' houses?"
The signs will be delivered to the homes of all 74 Kellison staff members over the next three weeks. Third-grade teacher Lindsay Blinkinsop was the first recipient. Music teacher and co-organizer Emilee Kellermann said the goal is to express appreciation.
"Unity, while we're not in our schools, is not easy," said Kellermann. "We're still together and working for the common good of our children. Teachers help to keep some normalcy in children's lives."