By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Rankin Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization wanted to reward the school’s teachers and staff for their hard work and good test scores.
So it pampered them with a spa day on Monday.
Two parents who work at Therapeutic Massage Center – Amanda Westmoreland and Toni Martin – spent the day at the school providing head, neck and shoulder massages. Meanwhile parents Kristina Weir and Missy Wilson brought health and wellness products from their company, Arbonne International, including a sea salt scrub for the educators. Other parents provided healthy snacks and donated items from their businesses for a raffle.
The day was coordinated by PTO members Christe’ Leech and Natasha Morrison, said Weir, the PTO president.
“Our teachers work hard every single day to make Rankin a great place to be for the students, and we wanted to give back,” Weir said. “We wanted to pamper the staff, but we knew they didn’t have the time to go off campus, so we wanted to bring this to them.”
Fourth-grade teacher Jodie Thompson said that as a mother, she would not have made time to get a massage on her own.
“This is wonderful,” she said. “To have them come here on a Monday, it is a break from our day-to-day routine and a way for someone to say thank you for what you do.”
Wilson said Rankin Principal Paul Moton had asked the PTO to find a way to reward the school’s teachers.
“We want them to feel appreciated,” Wilson said. “They are doing a hard job every day. They are constantly pouring into these kids and someone needs to refill their cup.”