Teachers in spotlight this week
Around the country, community members, parents and students are celebrating those who teach children in the classroom.
Delaware City School District parents and school administrators are among them, as they will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week this week.
The National Parent Teacher Association designates the first full week of May as National Teacher Appreciation Week, which this year is May 6-10.
Additionally, Tuesday, May 7, is National Teachers Day.
In Delaware, PTAs at various schools are celebrating the week in different ways.
Many local restaurants have donated food to PTAs so they can host lunches for the teachers.
At Woodward Elementary School, parents have signed up to cover the lunch and recess shifts that teachers normally cover so teachers can have the time off.
Principal Matt Keller said parents plan to provide snacks, meals catered by local restaurants, candy, notes from family members and personalized morning announcements for the teachers.
Woodward parent Michelle King said the PTA has been planning special treats for the staff every day of the week.
"We are so thankful for the amazing staff that care for our children and hope that next week shows them just how much they are appreciated," King said.
At Willis Intermediate School, parents have signed up to provide a pizza luncheon with food donated by local businesses. In addition, they will give teachers flowers, desserts and thank-you cards, and will finish off the week with a chicken lunch.
Angela Raquepa said she and other parents wanted to show the Willis staff members how much they appreciate all their hard work and efforts.
Conger Elementary School Principal Jon Way said administrators and the PTA will celebrate all week.
"We have many recognitions planned for our staff and will be celebrating our staff every day next week," Way said.