(KWTX) It's national Teacher Appreciation Week and parents, students and even police officers are showing their appreciation for teachers like never before at a time when educators have been forced to adapt to a new normal after schools were closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Hewitt Police Department got in on the week of appreciation saying thank you to nearby Midway ISD teachers. Police posted pictures of officers holding up signs of thanks. (Hewitt Police Dept. photo)
Some districts are passing out plants to educators, some parents are organizing drive-by parades for teachers and others are using their words of thanks to show their appreciation.
Waco ISD asked for teachers to submit a photo of their favorite "teach-from-home" life or any other favorite memory from the school year.
"We'll be sharing the videos throughout the day today and the rest of this week. Be sure to check back to look for YOUR teacher and give him/her a shout out," the district's Facebook page says.
The district began sharing the pictures from all campuses Monday.
In Temple, schools are participating in different ways. At Western Hills Elementary, there is a theme for each day of the week. It started with #motivationmonday in which kids were asked to share a memory of a teacher that has motivated them. Tuesday was #tellustuesday in which they asked students to explain what the teachers meant to them and Wednesday is #whywednesday in which the students were asked to post a song, poem, letter, photo or a card that shows why they love their teachers.
"We love our teachers!" the post reads.
Killeen ISD is giving away 50 gift cards to teachers randomly drawn from a list of teachers nominated by their students.
"Thank you to our amazing KISD teachers," the post says. "Get ready and TAG A TEACHER."
Students in Killeen also came up with an idea to show their appreciation for teachers by posting words of gratitude and having some fun.
Wednesday is "Shout-Out Wednesday" in which students are asked to post about their favorite teachers. On Friday, they will dress up like teachers and post them to the district's page.
Robinson ISD is doing something similar asking students to record video messages of thanks.
Belton ISD is posting videos highlighting their "Teachers of the Year."
Belton Coach Lidarral Bailey was chosen as the winner at Charter Oak Elementary in which co-workers described him as a natural leader who easily connects with kids and their families.
"He has exemplified teamwork being an excellent role model and just being such a hard worker not only with the staff but always with our children and their families," the video says. "He is always happy. He is always positive and he is such a natural problem solver. He has made such wonderful relationship with all our kids and I think it's because he is just so much fun."
The Hewitt Police Department also got in on the week of appreciation saying thank you to nearby Midway ISD teachers.
Police posted pictures of officers holding up signs of thanks.
"It's Teacher Appreciation Week and we are grateful for your hard work during these trying times," the officers said.