District 88 celebrates Staff Appreciation Week

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This past week was a special time in education. From May 7 to 13, we celebrated Staff Appreciation Week, which is a time to reflect on everything our staff members do for each and every student each and every day.

It’s fitting this event coincides with our Staff Recognition Dinner, which took place on May 5. This year, we recognized 56 members of our District 88 family for giving more than 935 years of combined service to the district. We also said thank you to nine members who will retire at the end of this school year and – combined – have given more than 160 years of service to District 88. To view the program from the event, go to https://dupage88.net/site/public/files/?item=6903. The program cover, which is pictured above, was designed by Addison Trail senior Eva De La Rosa.

To celebrate Staff Appreciation Week, we hosted the following events:

  • Addison Trail'
    • Sweet treats (ice cream truck, as well as cupcakes donated by Walmart)

    • Addison Trail booster clubs (Theatre, Music and Athletics) and the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) provided a grab-and-go breakfast
    • Student Council provided each staff member with a plant and a coupon for salon service at Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)

    • Escape room challenge (coordinated by Student Council)

  • Willowbrook
    • Willowbrook Parent Organization (WPO) provided a continental breakfast, a Staff Appreciation Luncheon and doughnuts, as well as raffle prizes

    • Willowbrook Athletic Booster Club provided a lunch

    • Student Council provided snacks

  • The villages of Addison, Lombard and Villa Park provided proclamations to recognize and honor the event.

Our staff members continue to foster an inclusive environment and a sense of belonging for all students. I again give a heartfelt thank you to our staff members for their unending support of our mission to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement.

With District 88 Pride,
Jean Barbanente, Ed.D.
District 88 Superintendent