teacher appreciation

BG parents and students shower teachers with appreciation

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News On Teacher Appreciation Week, parents and students in the Bowling Green City School District wanted to remind school staff about the positive difference they make in children’s lives. So Jennifer DeVries, a parent volunteer at Conneaut Elementary for Teacher Appreciation Week, decided to give parents and kids an opportunity to drown out the negativity over school levy issues. “In the midst of community controversy over funding for a new school etc., I think it is more important than ever to let our community teachers know how much we appreciate them for all the hard work they do for our kids,” DeVries said. “There are so many negative comments. All of it kind of transfers to our teachers,” she said. DeVries’ hope was that not only will this expression of gratitude be a great gift to teachers, but perhaps unite the community in an effort to focus on the positive impact the schools and teachers have on the community and children. “My children have flourished in BG city schools and I believe a public display of affection and appreciation would go a long way in uniting our community to support our schools,” she said.   As for her own experience with Bowling Green schools, DeVries said she recalled watching the transformation of her daughter in kindergarten. “She came out reading and writing,” she said. DeVries said she grew up attending a private school, and has been pleasantly surprised about her family’s public school experience. “I’ve been amazed at how Bowling Green schools work. I’ve been impressed with the kids’ growing and learning.” Teachers juggle far more than reading, writing and arithmetic, DeVries said. They handle issues of children with no winter coats or no lunch money. “They have to teach them and meet all the standards. They have to be social workers, teachers and counselors all in one,” she said. And despite disagreements in the community about the school building issue, DeVries said there is one area where citizens can be united. “We can agree we’ve got some great teachers,” she said. Following are the letters submitted to BG Independent News:—————————————————————————————— It takes a village to raise a child and our BG teachers are a big part of that village. My family is so grateful to the teachers of Conneaut Elementary for the impact, encouragement, challenges, education, and love they have given our daughter,…