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Milkshake Social at Sarah T. Reed

September 22, 2011

The Sarah T. Reed High School Team Prepares Milkshakes for the Teachers (Photo by Lalita Kaewsawang, Corps member proudly serving at Reed High School)

 

By Tiffany Montano, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Sarah T. Reed High School

Teachers are over-worked and under-appreciated.  Still, like soldiers, they march on, pioneering innovative ways to make the school better for their students.  We at Sarah T. Reed High School decided to throw an appreciation milkshake social for the teachers and staff to let them know that City Year noticed. 

Originally, the milkshake social was supposed to be an intimate gathering of City Year and the teachers we work closely with.  At some point during the planning process, we decided it would be best to appreciate the entirety of the Sarah T. Reed faculty and staff.  To accomplish this we needed to expand our resources.  Instead of one bucket of ice cream, we required six.  Our Program Manager, Jay Robertson and Ryan Mattingly from City Year’s partner at the school, Diplomas Now, paid for the ice cream and milk out of pocket in order to make this event a success.  We never could have done it without them. 

Similarly, originally the event was to take place on National Chocolate Milkshake Day (September 12).  However, to accommodate the increased complexity of planning an event for the entire school faculty and staff, the milkshake social was pushed back to Friday, September 17.  It’s a good thing no one actually pays attention to days like National Chocolate Milkshake Day or someone might have noticed that we held our event on the wrong day! 

Really though, it is never the wrong day to appreciate our faculty and staff.

City Year manned five blenders and greeted faculty and staff as they walked in to the sometimes hectic Punctuality Room handing them milkshakes ranging from vanilla to chocolate swirl topped with whipped cream and a cherry.   As they walked down an aisle guided by red and yellow streamers, approaching a homemade sign saying, “Welcome, Thanks for Shakin’ Things Up!” faculty and staff beamed as we thanked them for their hard work.  Our tokens of delicious gratitude were raved about and many faculty and staff came back for seconds!  We were, in fact, thanked by the faculty and staff for thanking them, resulting in a never-ending cycle of thanks.  

For their hard work and dedication, it was the least we could do.

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