Liberty High School PTSA gives cookies to school staff

December 22, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

Parent volunteers from the Liberty High School PTSA help prepare boxes of cookies for the school’s staff members in its first staff-appreciation cookie exchange. By Tim Pfarr

Parent volunteers from the Liberty High School PTSA help prepare boxes of cookies for the school’s staff members in its first staff-appreciation cookie exchange. By Tim Pfarr

The Liberty High School PTSA held its first staff-appreciation cookie exchange Dec. 16. More than 50 parents donated three-dozen cookies each as part of the effort. In total, the PTSA collected about 1,500 cookies for the school’s staff.

“The teachers were all hugging us and thanking us,” said Holly Hollinger, Liberty PTSA vice president of volunteering and co-chair of staff appreciation. “I really think it went well.”

She said the effort grew out of a similar staff-appreciation cookie exchange at Maywood Middle School. Although the exchange is a new event, Hollinger said she was thrilled with the participation.

“The response has been so overwhelming,” she said.

Between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16, Hollinger and about 10 other volunteers collected the cookies in the staff lounge and packaged them in boxes for staff members. Each box contained about two dozen-cookies and a note wishing staff members a happy holiday season.

“I’m going to deck the halls with these cookies,” Hollinger said before the team began working.

Others who volunteered with the exchange said they were grateful for the opportunity to give back to the staff, because parental involvement becomes less common at the high school level.

“I think it’s a great way for them to see how much parents appreciate what they do,” said Gayle Davis, co-chair of staff appreciation for the PTSA.

After the cookies were distributed to each staff member, the team had almost 100 cookies left over, and it placed the extra cookies in the work room for staff members to munch on for the following days.

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