MINT HILL, NC – To honor teachers, and all of their hard work, during Teacher Appreciation Week, Bain Elementary School held a teacher parade around the neighborhoods of Mint Hill. The parade featured the faculty and staff of Bain Elementary in decorated cars, much to the joy of onlooking students and their families.
Bain students waved with excitement as they got the opportunity to see their favorite teachers in person, following weeks of digital classes.
Karen Belk, grandmother of two Bain Elementary students, and retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg teacher of 39 years, said that the Bain PTA did a wonderful job organizing the parade, and that the teachers, staff, and principal have done a great job of providing lessons and entertaining activities for students, in their new digital learning environment. As a Bain Elementary media center volunteer, Belk replenishes shelves, helps students, checks out books, and has also done storytimes in the classroom and online for her grandson’s Kindergarten class.
Bain’s media center provides book readings online each week for students and will be providing several of those readings this week.
Belk said that Bain has always been known for their involvement and care of community and family, but they have really gone above and beyond in the face of the current digital learning situation. The principal, she said, gives an online word of encouragement each week during the school’s student news program, and that even music and P. E. classes still remain. Belk said that even in 2011, when she retired from the school system, that she doesn’t think that teachers could have done what Bain’s teachers are doing today.