Griffin Memorial School Becomes a Beach Paradise for Teachers and Staff

June 1, 2018



courtesy of Tina Harrison

Throughout the week of May 7 to 11, visitors to Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield were treated to a beachy getaway in celebration of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. GMS PTO volunteers pulled out all the stops to show gratitude for all the hard work, energy, and support GMS teachers and staff give to students day in and day out.

The stage was set for teachers to walk into a tropical atmosphere Monday. Room parents and volunteers decorated classroom doors to go along with the beach theme, and a “Paradise Lounge” was set up outside under a tent graciously donated for the week by Grand Rental Station in Hudson. A delicious Luau luncheon of pulled pork and barbecued chicken was catered by GMS parent and BBQ Master Kevin Anctil, with side dishes and desserts provided by GMS parents. Teachers and staff were treated to lemonade and iced tea (complete with tropical garnish!) served by Melissa Castonguay at the Tiki Bar. Mother Nature couldn’t have been more cooperative providing a sunny day with a gentle tropical breeze.

The fun continued with Treat Me Tuesday, as teachers and staff were pampered in the Paradise Lounge. Lonie McHugh and Jenn Matthews of Blissfully Yours Skincare offered mini-facials, manicures and more, and Raquel Day provided Aromatouch massages with essential oils.

Teachers, staff and students kept the beach vibes going on Wear-it Wednesday. Leis, flip-flops, sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts and straw hats were seen in classrooms and on the playground, where students enjoyed an icy treat, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets.

Thank You Note Thursday gave students an opportunity to write a note, draw a picture or send in a little something for their teachers and school helpers. The week wrapped up with TGIFriday, and a special Happy Hour event for teachers and staff at all three Litchfield Schools. Mel’s Diner opened up the patio and prepared a special tropical appetizer menu. Special thanks to Jeff Bono, Bonne Cavanaugh, LMS PTO and CHS PTO for helping to create the perfect end to Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. While the beachy surprises and treats have ended, gratitude for the teachers and staff members of the Litchfield schools continues to grow.