Alliance, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Uncategorized, Youth

Students Host Teacher Appreciation Night

TROPHY CLUB — Teachers are an integral part of our community and lives, and members in the Alliance, Texas, area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set out to honor these important men and women who are helping to teach and guide them. 

Students selected educators from their schools including Byron Nelson High School; Northwest High School; V.R. Eaton High School; Saginaw High School; and Westlake Academy, and a Teacher Appreciate Night was held March 20, at a church meetinghouse in Trophy Club. 

Teachers and even a piano teacher, who are members of the church congregation, were also invited to attend as the objective was to invite any teacher who has had an impact so they could be honored.

In addition to the teachers, several dignitaries from the Northwest Independent School District and the City of Trophy Club attended the celebration: Kara Lea Deardorff, principal of Byron Nelson High School; Stacy Miles, principal of V.R. Eaton High School; Jeannette Tiffany, mayor of Trophy Club; and Brandon Wright, town manager for the City of Trophy Club.

Upon arrival, the students applauded their teachers as they were honored with a red carpet walk. In the eyes of these students, the teachers are their personal celebrities and have been integral to their education and their lives. 

Prior to the event, students provided a reason to fill in the blank with the statement, “I am ______, because of you” for their teachers. The students also brought an item to display with their reason for their teachers to see. It was touching to see the impact these teachers have made on their students. 

“I nominated Mrs. Schlepphorst (Byron Nelson HS) for Teacher Appreciation because ever since the first week of school she has been nothing but positive towards me and we instantly clicked. Her and I always have such great conversations and I can talk to her about anything,” said Giada, a student Byron Nelson High School. “My takeaway was getting the opportunity to show her I am grateful for her and all that she does for me. I loved getting to do something nice for her to make her happy.”

An ice cream bar, cookies, brownies, cupcakes and fruit were available for all to enjoy during the program. 

There were speakers who talked about the teacher they brought to honor as well as beautiful musical numbers including a flute solo of “How Great Thou Art” and a trio singing “Blackbird.” 

The evening concluded with a cheer for the teachers for their years of college, hours of frustration, unwavering dedication, incredible creativity, excellent character and many more things: “Three cheers for teachers! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! We honor you!”