Local businesses, school board honor Ascension's teachers and staff

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Public Schools, along with other school districts across the nation, is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11. This week has been marked Teacher Appreciation Week nationally since 1984, and allows students and parents to show their gratitude to teachers at national, state, and local levels. Local businesses and the Ascension Parish School Board are also using this week to express their support of Ascension's employees.

Several businesses are running special programs for local teachers this week, and the Ascension Parish School Board is cooking jambalaya on May 10 for all employees at our schools.

"We are so very grateful to be in a community that supports its local school system," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. "Our employees work hard to grow students by way of ensuring that students have the highest quality experience every day that they are with us, and it is always nice to know these efforts are appreciated."


For the second year in a row, members of the Ascension Parish School Board are cooking jambalaya for the district's 3,000 employees to show their appreciation. OnThursday, May 10, schools will pick up pans of hot jambalaya cooked by local school board member Scott Duplechein, who is the 2013 World Jambalaya Champion and the 2016 World Jambalaya Champion of Champions. The cost of the jambalaya is being covered by donations from Veron Sausage, Capital City Produce and all 11 school board members: President Patricia Russo, Vice President Taft Kleinpeter, Julie Blouin, Robyn Penn Delaney, Kerry Diez, Scott Duplechein, Troy Gautreau, Sr., Louis Lambert, John Murphy, Shawn Sevario and Lorraine Wimberly.


Here in Ascension Parish, many businesses contribute to this week of appreciation, including offers of coffee, food and gift cards. In order to recognize all those making extra efforts to support our schools, we ask businesses to tag us on Facebook (@AscensionParishSchool), Twitter (@APSB_official) and Instagram (@ascensionschools).

"We would love to recognize all the support and offers designed to show appreciation for teachers and staff, not only this week, but also throughout the year. The local support Ascension Public Schools enjoys is a critical component of our success as a public school system, and is a great example of teamwork that ultimately makes Ascension schools great!" said Alexander.

For more information about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org.

Contributed by Ascension Public Schools