IMLAY CITY — Barb Klocko knows all about gratitude.
The Weston Elementary School principal is grateful for her staff of dedicated teachers, her energetic and inquisitive students and especially for the school's PTA, where gratitude is a reciprocal thing.
Parents, students and staff of Weston Elementary School in Imlay City walk the middle school track on Thursday to show gratitude for their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. The event raised funds for cancer research. photo by Catherine Minolli.
In fact, the students and PTA went the extra mile on Thursday to say thanks to their teachers in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. Weston parents, students, staff and administration walked the track and raised $463 for cancer research in honor of two Weston teachers who are currently battling the disease.
"Around here the appreciation isn't just a coffee mug or a pen," Klocko says, pausing for a moment in between laps. "The parents and students are so wonderful—they truly care and make an effort to show it."
Showing how much they care is easy, says PTA organizer Michelle Felder, especially when it comes to doing something nice for the teachers.
"The whole student body and parents, kids and families want to participate," Felder says. "They asked throughout the year what they could do during Teacher Appreciation Week, especially for the two teachers who are out right now. We did not want them to be left out."
And they weren't. Students made posters and signs proclaiming their love, appreciation and support for the teachers. They collected donations and donned cancer awareness bracelets with messages like 'hope,' 'strength,' and 'endurance' and then took to the track in honor of Weston teachers.
"It's our way of showing appreciation," Felder says. "The kids are excited about doing something for their teachers, teachers they love and adore."
The money raised from the appreciation walk will be donated toward cancer research.
"What better way to help than to give money toward research," Felder says.