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Tree planting honors teachers

Tree planting honors teachers

By Alixan Spaulding

Teacher’s Kindergarten Rep Luke Wolfe, 1st Grade Rep Carolyn Brussow, and Preschool Rep Jodi West planting the tree. Post photo by Kyla Ewen.

Stop and think—who was your favorite teacher? Who was the one that brought out the best in you, applauded your talent, made you feel special? Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell them how much you appreciate them?

We might not be able to tell them now, but we can tell today’s teachers how much we appreciate them teaching our children.

May 3-7 was Teacher Appreciation Week, and in honor of the educators at Cedar Trails Elementary School, a whitespire birch tree was planted in the schoolyard on Thursday, May 6.

The classrooms of Carolyn Brusso, Karen Gebhardt, Luke Wolfe, Tricia Bogganio, and Jodi West gathered with other staff to watch as the tree was planted. According to PTO vice-president Jacquie Troupe, who dedicated the tree, it was planted as a way to commemorate the nurturing the teachers at Cedar Trails give our community’s children.

Mrs. Boggiano’s Kindergarten Class with the new tree. Photo by Kyla Ewen.

“As we dedicate this tree to you, we are honoring the lifelong love of learning you are instilling in our children,” said Troupe. “As you see these branches grow, think of our children and know you will always be a special part of their lives.”

Principals Jennifer Harper and Sue Spahr transplanted the tree, and preschool teacher West, kindergarten teacher Wolfe, and first-grade teacher Brussow were the representatives who picked up shovels and filled in the hole around the tree.

Our community also showed its appreciation to the teachers in other ways during the week of May 3. Various businesses donated goods or services to help make each day special. On Monday there was breakfast; on Tuesday they had “Afternoon Delights,” which consisted of desserts, tea and chair massages; on Wednesday the teachers had chips and salsa; on Thursday there was a lunch grilled by several school board members and hand massages, followed by the tree planting ceremony.

If you haven’t had a chance to thank one of your child’s or grandchild’s teachers, it’s not too late. Send them a special note at Cedar Springs Public School, 204 E. Muskegon, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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