Bond between Scholastic, Southwest makes difference


From right, Brenda Hatfield, Susie Center, Paula Brown and Lori Massman serve teachers and staffers Monday from Southwest Early Childhood Education Center during Teacher Appreciation Week. Massman is a volunteer through Scholastic’s partnership with the center.

From right, Brenda Hatfield, Susie Center, Paula Brown and Lori Massman serve teachers and staffers Monday from Southwest Early Childhood Education Center during Teacher Appreciation Week. Massman is a volunteer through Scholastic’s partnership with the center. Photo by Julie Smith.

While Principal Nicole Langston was busy at the grill, each of her 73 teachers and staff at Southwest Early Childhood Center were treated to a ballpark-style meal — amongst other adults.

At Southwest, all teachers eat daily with their classes, from the 3-year-olds to the EER classrooms. So dozens of community volunteers came in to stay with their classes during Monday lunch as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

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Lori Massman and Teresa Herera from Scholastic, the school’s Partner In Education through the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, also brought books and other goodies for the teachers as well as an inspirational tapestry throw.

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