Teachers and students were treated to a special day by being released at 12:00 on Thursday, May 10. Students surely enjoyed being released early, but this day was all about the teachers. May 10th was National Teacher Appreciation Day. After school was dismissed early, a large crowd of teachers gathered at the fairgrounds in Sally Wells Building to celebrate this day with a luncheon sponsored by the Macon County Chamber of Commerce.
As teachers entered they received gifts: a free advertisement on the NCTC channel from North Central and a planner from Horace Mann Company. They were also treated to a luncheon that was catered by Linda Morris of Linda’s Cakes and Catering.
Jon West of the Chamber of Commerce opened the ceremonies by welcoming everyone and explaining what the Chamber of Commerce does for the residents of Macon County. He also spoke about his appreciation for the teachers of Macon County. He then introduced Margaret Oldham, the director of schools. She, too, expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the teachers. She made a point that a teacher’s work is never done. Newly elected city mayor, Richard Driver, also spoke to the teachers expressing his thanks to all that they do. Jon West also made mention that the Chamber of Commerce had started a new scholarship program and the recipients this year were Morgan Burgener of Red Boiling Springs High and Marisa Kingery from Macon County High. Each girl will be receiving a $500.00 scholarship.
Also recognized at the ceremony were newly retired teachers Donna McCory, Dean Rush, and Bob Fitzpatrick, who received a standing ovation for their dedication to the students of Macon Co. At that time the Macon County Teacher of the Year was announced. The winner of this very prestigious award went to Angie Shoulders of Macon County High. She received a plaque from the Board of Education, as well as the honor of Horace Mann Company presenting her with a $500.00 award to purchase supplies for her classroom, a $250.00 cash prize, and a Crystal Owl Award.
The ceremony was concluded by giving the teachers a chance to win some very nice door prizes donated by several businesses. This year, instead of the traditional drawing a name from a hat, the chamber came up with a unique way to distribute the door prizes. The prizes, or numbers to corresponding prizes, were actually taped under the chairs that the teachers sat in. At the same time all the teachers reached under their chair to see if they were lucky enough to win a prize. There was a ton of laughter as this took place and was very well received by the teachers. As all the teachers left they were handed a gift of a drink mug from the Macon County Board of Education.