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On Teacher Appreciation Week, organizations give snacks to school staff

Gift basket donationsA pair of organizations that support the Poughkeepsie City School District provided snacks to the staff of each district school building in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day Tuesday.

The Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation brought snack baskets to each building Monday and the Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet delivered trays of bakery cookies Tuesday.

Foundation Executive Director G. Angela Henry said the group each year celebrates and shows appreciation for the district’s school teachers but also the staff members at each building.

“Our belief and our experience is anybody in the school building can have and does have a positive impact on students,” Henry said. “It can be the janitor, it can be the nurse, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the school teacher.”

Jill Gomez, executive director of the Children’s Cabinet, said the organization is “grateful” every day for the teachers’ efforts. “Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to celebrate the dedicated teachers that share their knowledge and positive energy each day with the students of Poughkeepsie,” Gomez said.

Cookie tray

PPSF is an organization that raises donations and issues grants to the district and individual teachers’ classes to fund programs and experiences that meet the organization’s mission and the district cannot fund. The foundation has funded such programs as Saturday Morning Lights and Summer Reading; individual field trips to aquariums and museums; and classroom units such as biology class Aquaponics lesson and facial reconstruction kits for the forensics class.

An anonymous donor each year has offered to match every dollar donated up to $15,000, a goal the foundation this year is still seeking to meet.

Visit to learn more about the foundation and how to donate.

The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet was established to create and empower citywide support systems for children and families. The group of community and institutional leaders’ goal is to address intergenerational challenges, such as poverty and educational inequities through funding and supporting community programs that nurture the community and city youth. Among its efforts, the cabinet assisted in the school district obtaining a $2.5 million five-year Full-Service Community Schools federal grant in November.

Visit to learn more about the cabinet and learn how to donate.