SPTC celebrates teachers and nurses
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
On Thursday night, teachers from the various schools on Ambergris Caye, along with the nurses from the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II came together at the R. A. Nuñez Auditorium to be feted by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). In honor of Teachers’ Day and Nurses’ Week, a celebration is held to show appreciation for the hard working teachers and health care providers of our island.
Speaking at the event was Minister of Tourism & Culture, Manuel Heredia Jr. He thanked all teachers for their contribution to society, molding the minds of the upcoming generations while also showing compassion, giving of their extra time in an effort to make a difference. Mayor Daniel Guerrero also spoke of the work of teachers, expounding on the merits of discipline. He called on all teachers to ensure that while teaching to ensure that discipline was a part of their daily curriculum. Guerrero asked that teachers help the community to ensure that “we do not lose a generation”, by speaking up, and showing children the right way.
After the formalities of the evening, it was time for fun, food and games. There was lots of food and drinks being served by the SPTC staff as they tended to every teacher’s needs of the night. While snacks were enjoyed, Councilor Severo Guerrero Jr. led the first round of games. Of course, who can resist a whistling competition? Six brave male teachers stood up and ate some (very) dry crackers and then attempted to whistle. There was much encouragement and camaraderie, but in the end, Teacher Jeff of The Island Academy took the prize. The ladies showed they could whistle too, and they all attempted to whistle. It was hard effort, but one young lady managed to rustle up a quick whistle and she too walked away with a great prize.
The fun continued when there was a call for the first teacher to bring forth all the coin denominations (from a 1-cent piece to the $1 coin). The winning teacher actually had all denominations including the rare $2 coin! For her efforts, she was rewarded a cash prize. Following that up was the paper money denominations: from $2 bill to $100. One teacher had them all in her possession and she walked off with a cash prize as well.
The group games continued with a really fun Oreo cookie challenge. Teachers were instructed to place an Oreo cookie on their forehead, and without using their hands, bring it into their mouth. Six brave souls went up to face the challenge – or maybe they really wanted to snack on an Oreo cookie! It was too much fun to watch them trying so hard to nudge the cookie into their mouth. Cheeks were scrunched, noses wiggled, heads shook slightly, hands were not used and cookies fell. The lone male in the competition sat quietly and concentrated, and finally managed to get the cookie right in his mouth, taking the grand prize. The other competitors were satisfied with their cookie and consolation prizes.
It was great evening for the teachers and nurses to relax and be tended to. With music from Rompe Raja for dancing, a chance to mingle with teachers from other schools in a relaxed setting, there was a great sense of camaraderie in the air.
Happy Teachers’ Day! Long live our Nurses! Thank you for everything you do for our community and our nation!
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