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Chinook Trails thanks teachers with "Oz-some" gifts

Posted at 4:37 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 19:50:17-04

Chinook Trails Elementary School staff passed out gifts to teachers Thursday as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

The theme this school year has been the "Wizard of Oz-some" and that was on display, as principal Patrick Schumaker and the administrative staff dressed up to hand out gifts to teachers in the drive-thru lane.

Teachers received a t-shirt, lunch box from the PTA, a cookie, and letters from their students. They were greeted by a sign from Sign Gypsies Pikes Peak.

Schumaker said not being in the school building has been a strange time for everyone.

"Because we haven't been able to have that this past seven weeks, so when they drive through here and we're able to tell them thank you personally and give them a gift and wave them through, it will be rewarding for all of us," Schumaker said.

And teachers said it was nice to find a way to celebrate despite the circumstances.

"Typically we celebrate at the school, but our staff always, our administration always celebrates our staffs, all our unique gifts and we're a pretty strong tight community," said Chinook Trail teacher Yvonne Weyand.

Principal Schumaker said he only expected to receive a few letters for the teachers but students really responded and delivered 615 individual notes for their teachers.