Traci Schneider

Hamilton kindergarten teacher Traci Schneider prepares to read a Curious George book to her students. Schneider was one of the teachers recognized Tuesday by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation for National Teachers Day.

Erik Daily

A gift card and a thoughtful note made Lacey Sinn’s day.

Sinn, a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at Hamilton Early Learning Center, didn’t know Tuesday was National Teacher Appreciation Day until she showed up for class and found a letter from a student.

“It made my day special,” Sinn said. “It was a great way to start my morning.”

The first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tuesday marked the official day.

First-grade student Pajai Yang wrote the note. The 6-year-old wanted to thank her teacher for helping with her studies.

“I love my teacher,” Yang said. “My teacher is very sweet.”

The gift card came from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, hand-delivered by Director Tim Riley, who spent the day visiting every school in the district.

The foundation raised $68,000 for teachers this year for innovative classroom projects and supporting students.

As he made his way from classroom to classroom, Riley asked each group of students to thank their teachers.

The gesture meant a lot to Sinn.

“It’s great to know that people in the community also support us teachers,” Sinn said. “It makes me proud to work in a community that values education.”

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