Timber Trail lunch bunch staff relaxing and enjoying their potato bar, courtesy of the TTEA.
By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Timber Trail Elementary
The Timber Trail Education Alliance (TTEA) was busy this holiday season warming the hearts and filling the tummies of Timber Trail faculty and staff. TTEA and parent volunteers wanted to give back to the teachers and staff that work so hard caring for the students and keeping the students safe.
During the week of parent teacher conferences, TTEA coordinated a week-long farmers market snack bar for the staff to provide healthy fuel for conference week. The market was completely sustained by donations from Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) families. Whole fruit, fresh berries, trail mix, granola bars, pressed juices, baked goods, flavored sparkling waters, dark chocolate covered fruit and popcorn were set up in the lounge for team members to enjoy with the message, “Farm fresh, from us to you, to say thank you for all that you do!” In addition, the faculty and staff were presented with King Soopers gift cards the day before Thanksgiving break with the message, “We’re so thankful for you.” This gift of appreciation was to recognize the staff after a very busy week and to help provide Thanksgiving dinner to a wonderful staff.
TTEA provided healthy fuel for teachers and staff during conference week with a farmers market inspired snack bar.
Fall appreciation didn’t stop at the fresh market. As an ongoing effort by the TTEA and TTE parent volunteers, monthly lunch bunch was created to provide the entire faculty and staff a themed lunch sponsored by a different grade. December lunch bunch was sponsored by the fifth-grade, consisting of a fresh hot baked potato bar with all the fixings one could possibly imagine. The idea of lunch bunch was to provide the staff some peace of mind knowing that lunch was one last thing staff needed to worry about packing in the morning. We have all been there in the morning. We grab our coffee, tea and paper. We rush out the door and forget our packed lunch. This lunch hour is a time for TTE team members to relax, collaborate with peers and not feel the rush of the lunch hour. It’s a time to refuel the staff with appreciation and great food!