TERRE HAUTE —
An evening to cherish
On May 21, Davis Park Elementary School held a special event. The special needs teachers put on a Family Appreciation Dinner. All special needs students and their families were able to come for spaghetti, breadsticks and dessert. It was our way of thanking our families for sharing their children with us. Without the support of our families, we would not see the progress and growth we see each year with our students.
We are truly blessed to have each of our students in our lives. Our students and families mean so much to us, and we wanted to thank them. This dinner was one way of giving back to each and every one of them.
At our dinner, we were fortunate to have two special guests. Susie Thompson came and shared information about UCP (United Cerebral Palsy). She brought some resources from the lending library and talked about how our families could access these resources. We also had Austin Seeley from Wabash Valley Tumbling and Gymnastics. Austin shared information about the Rebels Pride cheer team, which is open to any special needs child. We also had Jeff Blake, Dr. John Olsen, Sandy Sanders and Kathy Walker from Covered Bridge Special Education District stop by to visit with our families. Thank you.
All families were able to take home a door prize because of the generosity of our community. We would like to personally thank Uncle Al’s for their donation of cake and pie for dessert. Fazoli’s gave us a discount on breadsticks, and The Original Spaghetti & Sub House gave us a deal on our spaghetti. Cindy Sowards and the Thomas family were kind enough to donate candles and picture frames for each family from their warehouse. Katie Ireland, one of the Kid’s Hope Mentors from Maryland Community Church, dug into her purse and gave us a Disney Store gift card and a La Isla gift certificate.
We also received donations from Cinnabon, Geneva Hills Golf Course, Gingersnaps, The Element, Always Sun Tanning, McDonald’s, Finzel’s Master Tech, Mark’s Par Three, George’s Café, Jade Garden, Wabash Valley Harley Davidson, Sonic, Family Video, Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Hut, Wise Pies, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Cracker Barrel, Mogger’s Brewery, Atterson Tire, Jonesey’s East Side Diner, Ryan’s, Diana’s Flower & Gift, Beef ’O’ Brady’s, MCL, Kroger, Long John Silver’s, Mike’s Market, Square Donuts, T.G.I. Friday’s, Baesler’s, Lone Star, AMC Theatres and Fantastic Sam’s.
We also received donations from Stables Steakhouse, Springhill Suites, Leslie Nees with Avon and Holly Spence Photography. The Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Indians and Chicago Cubs also sent donations. We also need to thank our principal, Dr. Tammy Roeschlein, for her support and presence during this event. Mary Moore, our cafeteria manager, generously helped us in the kitchen as well.
We cannot possibly express our gratitude to everyone. Our families and students were amazed by the kindness of the community. It was definitely an evening that we will treasure for a very long time.
— Michelle Earley,
Amy Funkhouser, Pam McLin,
and Deborah Walters
Special Education Teachers
Davis Park Elementary