12/21/2020 10:11:00 AM Adopt-A-Tiger program supports local educators
Seven of the eight individuals driving the Adopt-A-Tiger program held a Zoom meeting to discuss the progress of the program last week. Team members include, from left in the top row, Kimberly Sanford, Char Petrich and Stacy Dube; from left in the middle row, Natasha Moeller, Kristy Cook and Lisa Johnson; and in the bottom row, Kristina Ramaker. Also, Lacey Lucey, another member of the team, is not pictured. The Adopt-A-Tiger team has delivered “Hugs” candies and stress release packages, pictured at right, to Stewartville School District staff.
Mindful that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged Stewartville's teachers, students and staff in very unique ways, Char Petrich came up with an idea. Thankful for local educators' extra efforts on behalf of the district's children, she proposed pairing individual community members with individual teachers or staff members on a one-to-one basis. The Adopt-A-Tiger program, as it's now known, gives local and area residents a chance to support educators in a variety of ways. "Since March, our teachers, students and district staff have been asked to work and learn differently," Petrich said in an email. "This isn't easy to do, but our teachers and district staff stepped up to the challenge. While the transition has not been perfect, we know they are all doing the very best they can, and we want them to know how much we appreciate all they are doing..." For more on this story pick up your copy of the Dec. 22 Stewartville STAR.