To paraphrase Sir Francis Thomas Bacon, if the students can’t come to the teachers, then the teachers will go to the students. Teachers and students alike are missing the connections and bonds they have worked months and in many cases, years, to forge. There is no teacher’s manual that can accurately and effectively address the unique issues presented by this mandated shutdown, so the teachers are finding their own ways to continue delivering education and maintaining those cherished connections with their students. Last Wednesday, during National Teacher Appreciation Week, the teachers and staff members joined together to parade through the streets of Baker to say “hello” to their students and their students’ families. It was quite touching to see the number of students and adults who lined the streets and stood on the corners to greet the teachers. There were even some students and parents who popped up in more than one location to cheer on the parade - notably Dorinda Gunderson, Grace Gunderson, Olivia Gunderson, Alissa Schell and Marissa Leivestad. With a lot of waving, some honking, creative signs, interesting costumes, and a few cow bells the staff was able to remind their students and families that they are missed and so important.
The teachers were also the recipients of the community’s thoughts and good wishes. On Wednesday morning, Spiffy’s offered each teacher a free car wash so that their cars would be in perfect condition for the parade. In addition to the free car wash, Spiffy’s gave out a number of gift certificates for a variety of services. Grasslands Federal Credit Union gave each teacher a $10 certificate for breakfast at the Cabin Creek Café and GetIm Here presented each teacher with a $5.00 gift certificate.