By: Celine Pastrana, Contributing Writer
This school year at Centralia High School a new form of teacher recognition is taking place. Each month Matt Smith, CHS principal, will present a teacher with a flower arrangement. Smith wants to show appreciation to the teachers and staff for all they do.
Smith came up with this idea early in the school year. At the teacher workshops, Smith won the arrangement of the month coupon. Gretchen Spires, owner of In Full Bloom, donated this prize. “My thought was that I’d use the opportunity to, each month, present the flowers to a teacher who was deserving of some recognition, or even use it just as a random notice of appreciation,” Smith said. “It just seemed like a great way to spread some cheer and let members of our staff know how thankful we are for all they do for CHS.” This monthly recognition will be going on for the rest of the school year.
So far, two teachers have been recognized and presented with an arrangement. For the month of September, Smith presented Tonya Schmidt with the arrangement. Smith recognized her for the many hours she put into planning the eclipse event held at the high school. “It was such a great experience for all our students and staff. I wanted to let her know how much her efforts were appreciated,” stated Smith. In October, Smith recognized Katie Patton. Every year, she spends much of her time planning and bringing Homecoming together for the high school.
When asked what motivated him to do this for the staff, Smith said, “I am appreciative of all the care and compassion all our teachers put into their jobs. Life at CHS moves so fast, it is impossible to always get the ‘thank-yous’ to everyone that deserves them and to let people know how much you appreciate them. This seemed like a way we could help fill that gap.”