La Crosse teachers are being recognized this week as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week.
On Monday, La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat declared May 13 "Thank a Teacher in La Crosse Public Schools Day."
Mayor Kabat stopped by a classroom at Logan High School to thank one of his sons favorite teachers, Jim Konichek.
"It's fun you come here you look forward to coming to work. It's the students, we have a wonderful relationship in this town, the kids the administration, it's just a fun place to work," said Konichek, whose been teaching at Logan for 31 years.
His students Allyson and Morgan said his class is always fun. "I'm always laughing leaving with a smile on my face. I always look forward to this class being the last class of the day. I cant wait," added Morgan.
Coming up this Wednesday volunteers will deliver thank you treats to La Crosse school district teachers.
Treats will be provided via grant support from the La Crosse Community Foundation's Carol and Duane Taebel family fund. Other community volunteers are expected to participate, including Rotary Interact Clubs from Central and Logan High Schools.
“Teachers give so much to our children,” said David Stoeffler, Executive Director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. “It seems the least we can do is thank them – and all the teaching assistants, food service staff, custodians, administrative assistants, nurses, principals and other staff who make a difference every day.”
Parents and students, as well as members of the general public, are encouraged to join in the celebration – whether joining LPEF volunteers to help hand out treats before school, or making other personal gestures to thank a teacher.
“A handshake, a pat on the back, a handwritten note – any gesture of support will be appreciated,” Stoeffler said. He suggested those with Facebook and Twitter accounts share their thanks and individual reflections on favorite teachers, using the hashtag #thankateacher.