Wells-Ogunquit CSD observes Teacher Appreciation Week, May 1-7, 2022

As with schools and school districts from around the nation, the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District (WOCSD) acknowledged its teaching staff in various ways during Teacher Appreciation Week, the first week in May.

At Wells Elementary School, the Parent-Teacher Student Association (PTSA) adhered to a Monday through Friday (May 2-6) schedule of providing treats such as lunch, coffee, cupcakes, doughnuts, and cookies donated from local businesses Bread & Roses, BenLu Bakery, Congdon’s Doughnuts Family Restaurant & Bakery, R&R Bistro and Dunkin Donuts. In addition, students were encouraged to personally thank their teachers with words, “high-five’s” and notes of appreciation. On Friday, students were allowed to show their school spirit wearing “Warrior” tee shirts.

At Wells Junior High School on Monday were baskets filled with healthy snacks available to each grade level’s teaching team. On Wednesday, the 4th, a staff luncheon was held with food provided by For the Love of Food and Drink. On top of that, school kitchen staff and a parent group provided special desserts to teachers each day. At Wells High School teachers were treated to a lunch on Monday and a gift bag along with doughnuts and coffee on Friday.

Although there were previous attempts to establish a national permanent day or week to highlight the work of teachers, it wasn’t until 1985 when the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) officially established the National Teacher Appreciation Week to be held annually the first week in May. Occurring within that week is National Teacher Day which, this year, was May 6th.

In the photo is a group of just some of the teachers and ed techs outside at Wells Elementary School on Friday, May 6th. In the back row (L-R) is Sarah Picard, Roni Johnson, Niki Passaretti, Lynn McPherson, Kim Bates, and Selena Nickerson. In front (l to R) is Fionnula Duggan, Emily Roche, Morgan Austin, and Cathy Fox.