The Hollister School District hosted its new Adopt-a-Teacher program Monday night, August 15, at the Titanic Museum in Branson. The program was created as a way for local businesses, organizations and individuals to help “fill the teachers’ cups,” according to a previous Hollister School District press release.
Hollister Superintendent Brian Wilson shared some of his thoughts on the special event.
“Tonight we have an event called Adopt-a-Teacher and really, it kicks off our 2022-2023 school year. What caused this is during COVID and sometimes I hate to mention it and bring it back – but we do and we kind of know how valuable our teachers are to our kids and our community as a whole, to our kids’ future and it’s really tried them,” Wilson said. “The hardships they’ve been through and their importance is to make sure we have good teachers in front of our kids. We want to make sure they know they’re supported, not just by the school district, but by our community.
He added: “Being a difficult occupation, we reached out to the community and said we would like to support them throughout the year; maybe once a month you could contact them. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; it could be a simple handwritten note or a phone call just saying “Hey, we care and appreciate what you do, and we’re supporting you”, and doing it all the way. ‘year. I think it means something from the manager or a co-worker, but to have a member of the community reach out to you and say how much they care about you and appreciate what you do, is invaluable to our body faculty or our staff. And so that’s really kind of what it’s all about; to show them some love and some support, not just from the school district, but from the community as a whole.
Throughout the museum, stations were set up where teachers and their sponsors could grab a bite to eat or refreshment, as well as signs with QR codes attached. Sandy Leech, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, explained the purpose of QR codes.
“A QR code is a technology tool where we can easily display something that our teachers and sponsors can scan and watch a short video. Each video tells a bit about our neighborhood and a kind of story that we want everyone to live by. walking around the Titanic museum,” Leech said, “We wanted all of our staff to know that we appreciate them, and we wanted them to be able to do that while they were walking through and doing something really engaging and fun. We didn’t want to do it all at once, but sprinkle throughout the experience, just like we did with the food, so people could, for short moments at a time, truly appreciate each person. and every type of work that every staff member does in our neighborhood.
Wilson shared the community’s positive reaction to the Adopt-a-Teacher program.
“The good thing is that we are already seeing people pay it forward. I don’t know if it will be a school-type event, but one of my hopes and dreams is that it might not be a school-type event; that it’s going to be something that appeals to our community and our parents, and really to make that connection,” Wilson said. “Public education has become so much more, and teachers are doing more than they ever have. I think it might be an opportunity to take a little peek behind the curtain and say, “I really thought teachers were doing this, but in reality, they are doing this and so much more.” It’s not just about standing in front of a blackboard and teaching children; it’s about finding out what makes that child want to learn, immersing themselves in it, and diversifying learning so that children learn at the highest level possible. We want to open that up and build relationships.
The Hollister School District’s 2022-2023 school year officially begins on Monday, August 22.