All St. Charles Parish Public Schools employees were invited to attend last week’s Lagniappe on the River, an annual celebration that is hosted by the school district and held during teacher’s appreciation week.
“We had 1,462 RSVPs this year,” Stevie Crovetto, director of public information for the school system, said. “These past two years have been unlike any other, and our employees have endured many personal and professional challenges in dealing with COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida. Despite those challenges, they remained focused and committed to putting our students’ needs first. After not being able to gather together as a school system family in 2020 and 2021, this year’s event was filled with emotion, excitement and plenty of smiles.”
Employees enjoyed crawfish, roasted corn, snowballs and ice cream. A DJ provided music, as did an employee band comprised of SCPPS employees.
“Our employees work day in and day out to care for others, and this event is a small way for us to show how much we care and appreciate everything they do for our students and community as a whole,” Crovetto said.
Local businesses including River Road Market, Shell and the St. Charles Herald Guide donated door prizes for the event.
“It was such a great time,” Jennifer Green, lead teacher at R.K. Smith, said. “After a couple years of not being able to get together with colleagues from around the parish, it was so great to be able to spend time with fellow St. Charles Parish educators. It is so nice to work in a school system that recognizes the hard work educators pour into their jobs and shows appreciation in tangible ways such as this. The food was great, the fellowship was great and there was lots of fun to be had.”
Stephanie Mire, R.K. Smith librarian, said this was her ninth time attending Lagniappe on the River.
“The event is one that we look forward to all year,” she said. “It’s great to see all the schools come together as one. Everyone is included in the appreciation event. The absolute best part of the event is the roasted corn … that line is longer than the line to get in. But seriously, it’s a great tradition.”