Through charitable donations by local businesses and the charged determination of the Million Dollar Teacher Project, MDTP successfully donated lunches to 50 teachers at Creighton School.
On three different days, educators at Creighton schools were treated to free, specially crafted lunches from businesses who committed to making teachers feel more appreciated. Culinary Dropout, Uncle Louie’s, and Red Devil catered three separate events totaling around $1000 of in-kind donations. The event, though, carried over much more than simply donating lunches.
As teachers entered the event at Creighton School, they were asked to take a pre-survey regarding how appreciated they felt. Educators ate, shared experiences, shared burdens, and celebrated while the afternoon passed. Long after lunches had been eaten, a distinctive hum began to resonate with educators. They laughed and smiled. They felt appreciated. As they left, educators were asked to take a post-survey. After the luncheon, the MDTP observed positive growth in teachers’ feelings on how supported they felt by their school (+13%), by their community, (+41%), and general appreciation (+48%). The tangible impact emerged as solid proof that small steps towards appreciating teachers go a long way.
The luncheon achieved much more than served lunches and data, though. Later in the week after the luncheons, Lloyd Hopkins, CEO, watched a shift occur. “As I walked around [the campus], I felt something. There was a different vibe. The kids were smiling, the teachers were happy. The culture had changed and you could tell.” The luncheon served as a brilliant reminder that cooperation between businesses, communities, and schools can go a long way for both students and teachers.