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Chanute Elementary recognizes substitute teachers


Posted Date: 04/17/2018

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Chanute Elementary recognizes substitute teachers

It was a festive yet homemade family dinner that the substitute teachers at Chanute Elementary School sat down last Thursday night. In a move to express their appreciation to those adults who step up to fill the role of teacher at the school, it turned out that everyone wanted in on thanks.

The food was prepared and served by CES staff, the school’s students designed the tablecloths, covered the walls with posters and created handmade cards for each place setting and the entertainment provided by the Lance and Mendy Burnett family was a tremendous hit.

This is the first Substitute Appreciation Dinner at CES, Principal Matt Koester said, but he hoped it would become an annual event.

The idea may have come from the principals, he said, but “tonight was made possible by the teachers” who volunteered to make and serve the lasagna dinner and dessert and the students who supplied the decorations. “We want you to know you are appreciated by the teachers and the students as well, not just the administrators.”

Assistant Principal Noel Shinkle thanked the substitutes “for coming in and treating these kiddos like they’re one of their own. We really appreciate that.”

They acknowledge that substitutes often have to be flexible.  

“I want to say thank you to those who do show up routinely, even when we call asking you early in the morning,” Assistant Principal Eric Hoops said.

“Especially when they’re asked to switch roles at the last moment,” Shinkle added.

“The students really do appreciate having some consistency in the faces they see in the building,” Hoops said.  

Afterwards, Koester called the dinner a huge success.

“The dinner turned out far better than we could have imagined and the entertainment was tremendous,” he said.

Story by: Connie Woodard

CES substitute dinner