One of the biggest events of the year in Greenbrier is when the teachers are honored with the annual "Back-to-School-Breakfast" hosted by the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce. Over 300 teachers and personnel from all the schools in the Greenbrier School District dined on home-made cinnamon rolls, fruit compote, scrambled eggs, and traditional meats with juice and coffee prepared by the cafeteria staff at the high school. The gala atmosphere showed how eager these teachers were to see each other, renew old friendships, compare summers, and talk about the coming year. There was a lot of laughter and animated conversation going on in this special fun atmosphere. Radio announcer JR of Y107.1 supported the event by broadcasting his show from the GHS.
Westside Elementary School topped the fashion honors with all the teachers adding a blue/white scarf to their outfits which really identified them as savvy teachers. The Staff was decked out in elegant black shirts with a Panther logo. Greenbrier Middle School also had on matching white Henley shirts with "Walking the Walk" embroidered on the chest. Of course, there was much Panther blue worn by everyone.
After breakfast, teachers toured the upper balcony in the Panther Pavilion where over 30 Chamber businesses set up booths to display their wares, give away freebies and offer teachers sign-ups for prizes. President Audreya Cole hosted the give-away as each business owner stepped forward with gifts. Many $50 and $100 gift certificates, gift baskets of school supplies, restaurant gift certificates, an iPad and even a special bed pillow were among the gifts that received cheers and loud applause.
Superintendent Scott Spainhour had nothing but praise for the success of the Greenbrier School District and their high national standings, based on the efforts of all their fine teachers. In welcoming all the teachers back, he gave a great big thank you for all their good work and fine efforts. He reminded everyone of our teaching purpose, "To do whatever it takes to ensure the academic success of every student." All the teachers and personnel agreed with a round of applause.
In other school news, this week saw the final registration of all the students in every school. Enrollment is up as expected in every school; but the final numbers are not in yet until all the transfer requests have been made. Many parents were able to print the registration forms on-line to bring to school so choosing of classes, medical and drug forms, student handbook forms and the updating of contacts went much quicker. Schedules and lockers were issued and parents were able to tour each school, examine the building where their child will attend and put items in their lockers before the first day of school. Orientations were also scheduled in every school for parents to tour and meet teachers. See more photos at www.spotted.thecabin.net.