Teachers hold event to celebrate students and parents

| April 20, 2015

COSHOCTON – The first ever Celebrate Success at CHS event was a way to say thank you to students for their hard work and praise their parents for supporting them.

The event was held April 16 and was hosted by teachers Dawne Shook, Jodi Meek, Diane Schlegel and Eileen Slusser. This year they were all part of a teacher leadership endorsement class offered by Ohio Dominican University that challenged them to come up with a positive project to complete at their school.

“We wanted to do something with the parents because we all felt at this level they don’t get to be involved enough and we wanted them to have that opportunity,” Meek said.

The four teachers invited their students to enjoy an evening meal at the school with their parents, view inspiring videos, share what they do in their classrooms and win door prizes.

“The parents also received thank yous and some received hand written thank yous from their students,” Shook said. “We all have to work together and we want the parents to know that our doors are open.”

Meek said they also asked the attendees to fill out a short survey.

“We wanted to know about their positive experiences at school, what they would like to see happen at school and how they felt they could help,” Meek said.

Ultimately, they would love to see the celebrate success night grow to include more students.

“It’s a positive night to let parents and students know we appreciate them,” Shook said.

Meek agreed with Shook.

“We value our students and we know a parent’s child is their most valuable asset so we want them to know we appreciate them sharing them with us,” Meek said.

They also are thankful for everyone who helped pitched in and made the night possible including Kristen Binggeli’s Family and Consumer Science students, retired teachers Ann Leppla and Marsha Duling and the numerous people and businesses like Shelby Theatres that made donations. The food also was paid for by a jeans day for staff and the junior high student council pitched in to help offset the cost of the event.

Shook said they also had to thank the school administrators for giving them their full support.

“They really gave us the freedom to run with this,” Meek said.

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