Fort Calhoun Community Schools (FCCS) students and parent organization Pioneers for Education (PFE) treated FCCS staff to treats, gifts and thanks as part of Teacher Appreciation Week last week.

Monday through Friday teachers and staff received treats from events such as a catered picnic, a hike through the trail mix bar and a "Dessert Oasis." Students and PFE members also hung thank you signs and wrote supportive greetings outside of school entrances.

All desserts were donated by parents of students and were homemade or purchased at specialty bakeries. More than $700 worth of gift certificates and products were also donated from local businesses to give away to teachers and staff.

The entire FCCS staff was given a mini cactus or succulent plant at the end of the week as a symbol of their roles in students' lives.

"The idea being for this gift is that every teacher and staff member contributes to helping students grow," said PFE member Joey Iwen, who chaired the week's events. "Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun this week, and no one left the school hungry."

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