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WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The week of May 7-11 was a busy one for Carmel Elementary School PTA as volunteers worked tirelessly to put together a special week for National PTA's Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.  Brandy May, Chairperson of the Staff Appreciation committee organized the week with the theme, “MAHALO ... THANK YOU!” to show the staff how much they are appreciated. The week before the event, multi-colored flower sheets of paper were sent home and students were asked to write a summer wish for their teacher.  These cut-out flowers adorned the hallways like giant leis.

The week started  with the PTA  providing a “grab & go” breakfast for the staff.  Students were asked to bring a flower to their teacher to show their appreciation for helping them grow! Flowers could be fresh, handmade or hand drawn.  On Tuesday, students were encouraged to give their teacher a sweet treat  to match their sweetness!    The administration at Carmel asked their Partner in Education Menchie's to bring the staff a sweet treat which was enjoyed by all!  Aaron Biddle, Assistant Manager at Menchie's Towne Lake stated,  "We were excited to be able to give back like this to our local neighborhood.  Menchie's is a very community-oriented business and this is a great way for us to treat one of the hardest working groups out there.  Teachers rock!"  

On Wednesday, PTA purchased summer totes in Hawaiian patterns for the staff; students were encouraged to bring their teacher a magazine for “summer reading by the pool.”  On Thursday, students were asked to wear their teacher’s favorite color! If they had more than one teacher, they were asked to get creative and try to wear each favorite color!  PTA  provided a tropical treat, courtesy of Rita’s Ices and Custard.  Doug Ferdinand, owner of Woodstock Rita's said, "We are happy to be able to give back to our community like this.  We know the teachers and staff work hard for all our students and are happy to provide a sweet treat for them.  They are awesome!"

Friday was left as a wild card day for the the students to do something special for their teacher. Carmel's PTA provided leis for the teachers to wear for the day and a luau lunch from On the Border!   All staff received beach towels, Hawaiian tote bags, and more.  The Carmel administration then provided a Pasta & Painting event for Staff appreciation in the early evening.  The teachers were lead in design by Carmel Art Teacher Bill Barsh and each teacher made their own art on canvas while enjoying a pasta dinner from Taste of Italy, located on Highway 92, just a few miles from the school.

Carmel paraprofessional Sharon Borg said, "The lunch was wonderful, and as always you guys went above and beyond!"