This month the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish delivered plants to every St. Charles Parish Public Schools employee as an appreciation gift for helping students grow during such a unique school year.
Rotary Club members are no strangers to partnering with the school district – the club has received grant funding from Rotary District 6840 since 2017 to mentor students at Luling Elementary. The club has also provided the school with tablets to accompany the mentoring program.
However, because of the pandemic, the club was unable to host the mentoring program this year.
Rotary Club President Carrie Thomas said the club was able to reallocate the funding for educational purposes.
“We immediately thought about the employees of St. Charles Parish Public Schools and recognizing them for the challenging school year they’ve had,” Thomas said. “We chose succulent plants, as they are a sustainable keepsake that employees can see and be reminded of the growth they have given the students this year.”
“We’ve gotten multiple messages to our club’s Facebook page from employees expressing their appreciation for the gift,” she said. “Our Rotarians have also gotten several texts and calls from their family and friends who are St. Charles Parish Public Schools employees thanking us for the thoughtful gesture.”
Pollock said this school year has been like no other for all of the employees of St. Charles Parish Public Schools.
“Whether they are administrators, teachers, bus operators, or custodians, we know all of these employees have had to take on extra duties and stress,” she said. “We wanted to make sure every employee was recognized for the challenges and obstacles they have overcome this school year.”
Each plant gift was accompanied by a letter, which in part stated: “The obstacles you have overcome to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for the children in our parish are immeasurable. No matter your position, we know that this year has come with extra duties and stress. We hope when you look at this plant, you are reminded of the growth you have given to each student. As you continue to tend to the plant, you think of the nurturing and safe place you provide to students every day. We can’t express our appreciation enough.”