Elmwood “All Stars”

School aged kids are about to begin three months of summer vacation. But before they say goodbye to their teachers, they have a special thanks for them this Teacher Appreciation Week.

After the school day had ended on May 6th, a group of moms and students snuck into the classrooms at Naperville District 203’s Elmwood Elementary School to deliver a special surprise.

Brand new pairs of Converse Shoes laced with gold laces, and specially made t-shirts were placed on each teacher’s desk as special thanks on National Teacher Appreciation Day on the 7th.

“We feel like it gives them that final push to get through the year. The kids get a little squirrelly this time of year,” said Kristin Heipler, staff volunteer and mom of three.

Moms, Kristin and Katie, helped collect donations from students and their families to help purchase the gifts. They are joined by thousands of others who took time out of their week to honor their educators in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, held May 6th through the 10th.

The two serve as staff volunteers who assist teachers inside the classroom. They came up with the theme for the week, “Elmwood All Stars.” Each shoebox was “autographed” by students who along with their teachers make up a team.

“I think it’s really come together and it’s going to be a great day and a fun week and I think the students and the teachers and everyone involved is going to have a great week,” said Reishus.

First grade teacher, Nate Bornancin, was shocked to find his gift in the morning. Like him, many teachers nationwide spend close to $1,000 of their own money each year on school supplies. Just one of the many ways they put students’ needs above their own.

“We spend so much time thinking about the kids and families and things like that and there’s so much love from the community it’s great to see families giving back to us and we feel great,” said Bornancin.

The celebration of educators supposedly came about after a push by Eleanor Roosevelt. National Teacher Day and Week has more recently been named by Congress in the 1980’s.

May 28th marks the last day of classes for students and teachers in District 203, and June 7th is the final day of school for District 204.

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