District officials made arrangements so each employee would receive a sign, said Elizabeth Beadle, spokeswoman for Middletown Schools.
With the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and all the difficulties of teaching thousands of students under extraordinary health and safety preventions, school employees are deserving of the hand-delivered kudos, said Beadle.
“The Middletown Schools teachers and staff deserve to be recognized and thanked for their incredible work under such difficult circumstances,” she said.
The cost of printing the signs was $3,500. The annual operating budget of Middletown Schools is nearly $80 million.
The signs also feature the district’s slogan “Middie Rising” created by Schools Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. when he was hired in 2017 and promoted throughout the district to herald the many changes made since then in working to improve the school system.
“We hear so much about the unsung heroes, but teachers aren’t often mentioned. These signs are our way of singing their praises,” said Beadle.
Sanchez was grateful.
“It’s nice to know you are appreciated.”