As a way to honor teachers and staff for the important role they play, the girls’ basketball team at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg hosted a Teacher Appreciation Night before the start of their varsity match-up against Lower Dauphin on Dec. 10.
In an endearing ceremony prior to tip-off, each member of the Lady Crusaders escorted their honored teacher to center court and presented them with a letter of appreciation and a gift card. The ensuing scene, with all students and teachers present, extended from baseline to baseline.
Junior center Brigid Fuller honored chemistry teacher Rebecca Lowe.
“She’s inspired me with how much she loves what she does,” Fuller said. “She’s always willing to offer extra help. Beyond being a teacher, I’m honoring her as a person who has helped me to grow.”
The Lady Crusaders delivered handwritten invitations for the teachers to be recognized at the game. “They’re a big part of our lives, and we want to have them here too at our games,” Fuller said.
Religion teacher Tom Baker, who was honored by junior Taja Colbert, said he was humbled by the recognition.
“It shows that the student has trust in me, and sees the good that I’m doing for them as a teacher,” he said. “It’s really humbling to be asked to come to an event like this, to be escorted onto the court by one of the players. It means a lot. It definitely shows how we are a family here.”
By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness