(Seguin) -- It's time to go that Extra Mile for teachers. Instead of an apple on the school desk, Educate Seguin this month is calling on the public to show its appreciation to teachers working on making a difference. Educate Seguin, a non-profit charity committed to outstanding public schools for Seguin, has spent this past month honoring public school teachers in the community.
Dr. Bob Stephens, a member of the Educate Seguin steering committee, says we have all been formed by our teachers and remember those special teachers who went the "Extra Mile" and touched our lives in special ways, opening our minds and directing our passions. He says now, Educate Seguin is asking the community to "pay it forward" and appreciate those teachers doing the very same thing for the students of the Seguin ISD.
"What we're trying to do is to recognize the extraordinary efforts that the teachers in the Seguin ISD make everyday to educate the kids of our community. They are extremely dedicated and hardworking and they work under an incredible amount of pressure because of constantly changing requirements from the state and dealing with attempts to increase the quality of education in the state and testing requirements and all sorts of things that just make their lives complicated. So we really are trying to show that we appreciate all the hard work that they put in to educating the kids in Seguin," said Stephens.
Dr. Stephens says the first part of the "Extra Mile" campaign is a public tribute to these men and women by current and former students.
"We are asking people to remember a teacher that made a difference in their lives and they can do that by sending Educate Seguin emails or they can post to their Facebook
pages with a hastag Extra Mile Seguin or to Twitter with the same hastag or an Instagram with the same hastag -- just remembering a teacher that made a difference in their life, maybe not a teacher here in Seguin because they grew up somewhere else, but any teacher and just thinking back to how those teachers made a difference for them," said Dr. Stephens.
A number of tributes have also been made, including this one from a former Seguin High School student:
Damian Pascar of Tokyo, Japan (Class of 1994) pays tribute to retired SHS Journalism teacher Bobbie Maddox.
"Dear Mrs. Maddox, I had you for 4 years in high school. You were always so kind to me and made me a better person."
Dr. Stephens says Educate Seguin is also asking people to make a donation
to help perk up a teacher's day and let them know that they are appreciated.
"The other part is that we are trying to raise money to make the teachers lives at work here in Seguin a little bit easier each day by providing a Keurig coffee system in each campus in the district. Then, we're also planning on giving each teacher a customized coffee mug and a supply of coffee tea and hot chocolate. We are looking to raise money to do that. We're doing that through a Go Fund Me campaign and folks can find that at www.gofundme.com/ExtraMileSeguin
. We also accept checks made out to Educate Seguin which can be sent in, but the easiest way to do it is to use the Go Fund Me campaign that we're doing. We hope to raise $5,000 to supply the teachers in this district with that coffee thank you that I described," said Dr. Stephens.
Donations made to the www.GoFundMe.com
account are tax-deductible. Donations and tributes to special teachers will continue to be collected through Saturday, Feb. 28.