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February 15, 2013
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Islanders celebrate Teacher and School Staff Appreciation Week

Education and Early Childhood Development

Teacher and School Staff Appreciation Week is a great opportunity to recognize the many excellent teachers and staff in our schools across Prince Edward Island who go above and beyond, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“Teachers and school staff are the foundation of our education system and we need to ensure that their dedication and commitment to helping our students is acknowledged,” said Minister McIsaac. “I encourage everyone to slow down and take a few minutes to express your appreciation to a teacher, a school bus driver, or one of the many school staff who make a difference in the lives of our children.”

Home and School Associations and School Councils across Canada celebrated National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week this week from February 10 - 16, 2013. Throughout the week, parents and students organized countless community events and activities in recognition of the personal and professional contributions of teachers and school staff.

As part of the celebrations, two school staff members were recognized with the PEI Home and School Federation’s Extra Mile Award. This year’s recipients included Vice Principal Lynn Sherren from Souris Consolidated School and Principal Nicole Haire from Three Oaks Senior High School. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify going the extra mile – over and above the call of duty. Recipients were honoured during a presentation made at their respective schools during this week-long event.

Principal Terry MacIsaac from Prince Street School is also among recent award recipients. Last week, it was announced that Mr. MacIsaac will be recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals, a national award of excellence by the Learning Partnership. He will receive his award, among 51 educators across the country later this month.

“Parents and students are to be commended for the thoughtful things they do to make this a special week in their schools,” said Minister McIsaac. “Above all, what teachers and staff appreciate most is simply hearing that they are appreciated.”

“Teachers and staff regularly go above and beyond to give their best to our children and youth and we must not forget to recognize these efforts,” said Pam Montgomery, President of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation. “The National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week initiative by the Canadian Home and School Federation is one way that grateful parents and guardians across the country and here on Prince Edward Island can take a bit of time to recognize those that give so much to our young people. Please take the time to say thank you! On behalf of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation and all the local Home and School Associations, thank you for all that you do!”

Media Contact: Laura Steeves
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