Witu, government and businesses commemorates Teachers Day

POSTED: 10/4/14 10:59 AM

St. Maarten – Teachers on the island will be honored with a cocktail at the Belair hotel on Saturday October 4th to commemorate International World Teachers Day, which is being observed on October 5th under the theme “Invest in your future; invest in a teacher.”

This cocktail ceremony, in which teachers will be recognized for their contributions and achievements, is being organized with the Ministry of Education and in particular the Minister of education Patricia Lourens-Phillips. The event is scheduled to begin at 7pm and end at 10pm.

Two local businesses–Grand Marche and Belair fitness center–are also doing their part to honor local teachers as part of commemorating Teachers Day. In that spirit Grand Marche has arranged a 15 per cent discount on purchases made by teachers on the day between 9am and 2pm. President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot explained that teachers will be provided with letters by the school board stating their names and confirming their positions as current teachers. She advises the teachers looking to make use of this discount to equip themselves with the letter and their ID which they must produce at the cash register to qualify for the discount.

The Belair fitness center is making its contribution by helping to keep teachers fit and as such has made provisions for teachers to have all inclusive access to their facility between 10am and 5pm on Monday 6th October and Tuesday 7th October. The fitness center is also giving interested teachers a 40% discount option should they wish to become members.

Witu president Elshot highlighted the importance of teachers in the society during a union press conference and expressed her appreciation for those serving and those who have served in that profession. Towards that end members of the Witu and president Elshot will pay individual visits on Sunday to some of the retired teachers to commemorate the occasion with them and to provide them with small tokens of appreciation. She lamented that the union is unable to visit all the retired teachers but stressed that this in no way diminishes the respect and admiration held for each.

Elshot pointed out that the individual visits were decided upon as opposed to an event for all the retired teachers because many of the retired teachers are ill and some have had surgery and because of this it may not be as easy for them to attend a group event.

The union president took the opportunity to extend happy international teachers day greetings to all teachers on behalf of the board and membership of Witu.

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