Teachers filled the banquet room at North Augusta Community Center during the annual Teacher Appreciation Celebration on May 16.
As the teachers ate, they laughed and mingled with the occasional welcomed interruption of the announcement of the next door-prize winner.
At a table with Paul Knox Middle School teachers, Annmarie Kantz and Laura Yant joined in on the conversation and laughter.
“It’s good to know the community appreciates us and the work we do,” said Yant, a sixth-grade science teacher.
The event was also a chance for the teachers to enjoy one another’s company.
“I enjoy that we get to mingle with other educators and show appreciation for each other,” said Kantz, a sixth-grade social studies and English teacher.
The annual event honors North Augusta’s teachers for the work they do throughout the year, said Judy Whaley, the director of member services with the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, which played host to the event.
“They teach our children and do a wonderful job,” said Whaley. “They are really angels and this is the community’s way of saying ‘thank you’ and that we appreciate them.”
Members of the community sponsored teachers for the celebration by paying $15. Nearly 350 people attended.
“I think it’s great how the community supports teachers,” said Jennifer Blair, a math teacher at North Augusta High. “I want to thank them for having this banquet for us. We do appreciate it.”
Teaching is a great job to have, said Bobbi Noe, a third-grade teacher at Belvedere Elementary.
“I enjoy it when I see students make good choices and do their best,” she said. “It’s truly a joy being a teacher.”
Aiken County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Everitt, school board members Keith Liner and Ray Fleming, and other district administrators also recognized retirees during the event and presented them with a certificate.
The presenting sponsor for the event was Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; signature sponsors: Potash Corp, CommuniGraphics, the Sertoma Club, Costco and Georgia Health Sciences; premier sponsors: Walmart and Bridgestone Americas Tire; and host sponsor: Meybohm Realtors.