May 2020


Dear Vigo County Community;

As a community, we will probably remember 2020’s Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, like no other.
“I thought we would be back.”

“I thought we would have more time.”

“It all moved so quickly.”

“I wished we could have said goodbye.”

Those are just a few thoughts shared with me by teachers these past several weeks.

As teachers take on the impossible task to replicate school from their living rooms, I have been amazed by them. This school year has not been the path for the faint-hearted. As it has unfolded I have been in awe of our teacher’s determination to overcome, their creative spirit to deliver instruction remotely, and their willingness to go the extra step. These extra steps have allowed them to cross the great divide between digital and paper packet learning. As an educator, I have always known that teachers are the doers, the makers of things, the healers of hurt feelings, the sages of good advice, and yes, the instructors of curriculum. Sometimes those qualities are celebrated but more often not. Today, however, I believe that Teacher Appreciation Week takes on a whole new meaning. Today, our nation now understands how they led our nation’s youth through this rugged path toward learning in an uncertain time.

To our teachers: THANK YOU!

As we turn our attention toward ending our school year, I am humbled by the task before us, but grateful that I am collaborating with an amazing faculty and community.

Sincerely and with much appreciation,

Rob Haworth, Superintendent

School may look different, but the same passion for teaching and loving students shines through. Many of the grants that teachers received this year from the Foundation, made possible by our donors, are assisting them in providing enriching materials to their students during remote learning.
Scholastic News Magazine subscriptions allow students to access the digital component on a variety of devices.
Family math nights, held at a number of schools this fall, are proving helpful as each family received a "math tool kit," with manipulatives and strategies for helping their children at home.
Teachers are using Zoom or other "live" mediums to teach art, music and science lessons.
Many, many classroom grants that simply put more books in the hands of kids are vital during this time, and many teachers are doing "porch drops" to get books to their students. 
Every day, and especially during this Teacher Appreciation Week, we are grateful for the dedication of our Vigo County School Corporation teachers, and proud of the way they have risen to the challenge of meeting the needs of their students. 
Katie Rademacher-Smith, second grade teacher at Davis Park Elementary, recently delivered four books to each  of her student's doorsteps, and the children happily waved from a safe distance.  Continue reading
The VCEF is proud to partner with the school corporation in facilitating online donations to the Backpack Program. This supports the Vigo County School Corporation's endeavor to add extra food to the "grab and go" meals on Fridays to help families during this crisis. THANK YOU to our community for its compassionate outpouring of donations. You are making a difference!
The 34th annual Excellence in Education Banquet, originally scheduled for May 14, has been postponed until September 17. Congratulations to all these outstanding educators! Nominated by colleagues, parents, and students, we are proud to salute you and all Vigo County teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week!
Rescheduled for Thursday, September 17th
FORE THE KIDS GOLF SCRAMBLE - Friday, July 31, 2020 at Rea Park Golf Course - Chip in Fore the KIds!

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION BANQUET - Thursday, September 17, 2020 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Sponsorships available!
President - Dierdre Llewellyn
Vice President - Gail Thompson
Treasurer - Jerome Case
Secretary -
Cindy Cox
View the list of these dedicated volunteers in its entirety here
Your gift allows teachers to provide creative, engaging programs for their students that would not be possible otherwise.
Thank you to these Excellence in Education Banquet sponsors.  We are grateful to you for your continued generosity and your support of our Vigo County public school teachers and schools.  Sponsorship Opportunities here.
“All teachers deserve a special recognition for the adjustments they have made to keep their students engaged in learning through these changing times.” - David Baker, Operations Superintendent, Terre Haute/Sullivan Districts
“Teachers have never shone more brightly than in their response to the COVID-19 crisis. They are sending out packets of materials to students, conducting Zoom class meetings, and emailing students and parents to check on them and respond to questions. What drives them to go above and beyond? Their abiding passion to educate students and their consuming compassion for the educational, mental and emotional well-being of the children who sit in their classrooms. How blessed we are that in the midst of this most difficult time, it is educators who light a lamp and lead the way as they provide young people with hope." - Bart Colwell, President
“In this time of uncertainty, teachers have gone above and beyond in showing how quickly they can adjust to extraordinary situations to provide continuous learning. All teachers deserve support and recognition. They have shown outstanding leadership and professionalism while continuing to make a positive impact on our youth.“ - Edith Okoth-Ojwang, Human Resources Manager
“If ever there was a question as to how valuable our teachers are, it has been eliminated.  For many teachers the remote learning has become less about the lessons but more about missing the connections and worrying about their “kids”.  Hoping they will get meals and hoping they will be safe.  Offering up themselves in ways only a teacher can imagine in order to help just one child.  Saying thank you to teachers almost seems hollow.  Let’s honor the teachers as every day heroes today and every day.” - Tim Sturgess, VP/General Manager
Thank you to B & S Plumbing Heating & Cooling, the Duke Energy Foundation, Terre Haute Savings Bank, and the Wabash Valley Community Foundation for providing a personalized, educational, and interactive book for every VCSC kindergartener!  We will follow the VCSC guidelines for distribution. "I love being a part of this giveaway, because I know this is the only book some of these children receive. We take for granted that many children have reading available and that is not the case! In addition, having their own name be a part of the book makes it that much better!"  - Sally Stewart, B & S Plumbing  .

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