News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 17, 2018
Penobscot teachers showered with appreciation

‘If teachers were flowers’

Teachers at Penobscot Community School were recognized for all their hard work with hand massages, letters and high fives from students and a raffle during Teacher Appreciation Week last week. Pictured, a bulletin board at the entrance of Penobscot Community School celebrates the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

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by Monique Labbe

Schools around Maine celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week last week, but secretary Marty Clark went the extra mile to make sure the teachers at Penobscot Community School felt a little extra appreciated.

Clark contacted businesses from all over the Blue Hill Peninsula for gift cards and various items, which she then set up for a raffle. The teachers received tickets and were able to put in for which items they were interested in. They had their pick of more than 20.

Additionally, Clark created a festive bulletin board at the entrance of the school, had students write letters of appreciation to their teachers, set up a “dress like your favorite teacher” day, and even organized a “high five a teacher” day at the beginning of the week.

The highlight for many, though, were the 10-minute hand massage sessions by Amy Stewart of Brookside Studio nail care in Castine.

“[Marty] really put her heart into this,” said Principal Jay Corbin. “You can tell she’s really passionate about this.”

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct Amy Stewart’s place of business.