Hawthorne Elementary is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Foundation for Tulsa Schools, and the money is earmarked for one special purpose: teacher appreciation.
“During the past two years, [I met] one on one with principals to ask about school-based needs a partner might be able to help meet, [and] teacher appreciation was mentioned across the board,” said Hallie Green, Manager of Community Engagement and Grants for the Foundation. “In light of that, Partners in Education, through the financial support of our sponsors, decided to award five $1,000 teacher appreciation grants to be used entirely at the principal’s discretion.”
Principal Karesha Solomon submitted her entry for the school in November.
“I think my teachers are absolutely amazing. I’m so incredibly proud and taken aback sometimes by their commitment to students, excellence, and the students outside of the classroom,” Karesha said in the video. “Many of our teachers wear many different hats. Some of them coach basketball; some of them do cheer; some of them do Book Club; some of them do after school tutoring for free – just taking away from their personal families in the afternoons to ensure our students have a world-class experience.”
Hallie said the commitment of Hawthorne’s teachers resonated with the selection committee.
“They really felt Ms. Solomon’s deep admiration and appreciation for the work her teachers do every day,” she said.
Karesha hopes to use the grant in a way that gives the teachers a chance to relax to thank them for their dedication.
“When I think about the village it takes to raise children, our teachers truly have a mindset of the village, and I couldn’t be happier with the staff that I have at our school,” she said. “They work so hard on the clock and off the clock to make sure our students have everything they need.”
Hallie said the Foundation wants to help ensure their teachers feel appreciated and supported.
“We believe it is vital for teachers to understand the community sees and is grateful for the work they do,” she said.