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PTO shows appreciation to Phillips' teachers


Lacey Mirarchi, Phillips kindergarten teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week is an annual celebration of the dedication, compassion, and hard work that teachers show our nation's students every day, throughout the school year. At Pittsburgh Phillips K-5, Teacher Appreciation week was held May 1-5.

The teachers at Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 felt appreciated each day last week, thanks to the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) at the school. PTO President Amy Parker, with the assistance of Vice President Brandi Hoff, parent volunteer Dayna Sabbath, and many other parents, provided an assortment of activities throughout the week.

The week started off right on Monday with a smorgasbord of delicious breakfast foods, brought in by Phillips parents.

On Tuesday, teachers were treated to personalized jars of their favorite candies.

A special lunchtime barbecue, prepared by School Principal Mike Calvert, was the treat for Wednesday.

Thursday was perhaps the staff favorite, with the teachers' lounge being transformed into a specialty coffee bar. Staff members enjoyed an array of caffeinated beverages from coconut milk lattes to hot tea with honey; all prepared by parent volunteer Dayna Sabbath.

The week was wrapped up on Friday, with a catered lunch from Le Petit Chocolat, a café and bakery owned by Phillips parent Amanda Bundy.

Thanks to the supportive staff, parents, students and community, the teachers at Phillips feel valued throughout the year, but the designated week was appreciated.


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