Feb. 15, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Teachers and school staff are being recognized for their dedication and commitment to educating students during national Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Feb. 14-20. Education Minister Roland Haché joined parents' committees, school districts and various New Brunswick associations in marking the week.
Haché said the week is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the success of the schools and those who work at them.
"I extend my sincere thanks to all those whose primary objective each day is to provide New Brunswick students with high quality schools," he said. "That includes teachers, teaching assistants, principals, members of support staff, superintendents and district employees, health care professionals, librarians, guidance counsellors, and school bus drivers. Owing to their dedicated work, our students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for a brilliant future."
The Association francophone des parents du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFPNB) is sponsoring the appreciation week.
"To be successful, our children need guidance along their educational path," said AFPNB President Madeleine Vachon. "The various education stakeholders are vital partners, because by working together we will be able to build the best possible schools for our children. Let us take the time this week to thank them and to think about ways of continuing our work toward helping our children develop their full potential."
The Canadian Home and School Federation (CHSF) first launched the initiative in 1988.
"It was initially started as Teacher Appreciation Week by our national body, the CHSF," said Cynthia Richards, president of the New Brunswick Federation of Home and School Associations Inc. "After the first couple of years, it was realized by some of the provincial members that it needed to be broadened to include the rest of the staff that work on the front lines in our public education system. Today, Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week has taken on a life of its own and is a nationally recognized event."
MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085; Denyse LeBouthillier, executive director, Association francophone des parents du Nouveau-Brunswick, 506-859-8107; Cynthia Richards, president, New Brunswick Federation of Home and School Associations, 506-451-6247.