PLATTSBURGH They say it takes a community to raise a child, but by the same token, it also takes children to grow a community.
When it comes to communities such as Morrisonville and Saranac both are true, and it pretty much all starts with the place most call home Morrisonville Elementary.
If you ask the faculty and staff, theyll probably say the kids are what make the small town school so special. But the students will tell you differently, as explained by three fourth-graders interviewed by Clinton County Free Trader Today.
Our teachers have been really nice, and its like theyve all left footprints in our hearts, said Gabrielle Rabideau.
The teachers here open our hearts and challenge our minds, she added.
This is our school, and we are like a family, said Makayla Duquette, also of the fourth grade.
We are like seeds in this garden we grow, said Morgan Rugar. No one stands alone.
The three girls went on to describe their teachers as helpful and kind, and always willing to take extra time to work through problems.
They are fun, they make us laugh a lot and they teach us too, said Duquette.
They help us with homework if we didnt understand it and they help us if were having a bad day by cheering us up and making us happy, she said.
The same kindness and compassion can be felt throughout the facility, from the principals office to the custodians, lunch ladies and janitorial department.
Mr. Ott is a really good principal, said Rabideau.
Hes a hands on principal and he leaves memories in our hearts, said Duquette, even though he is a Green Bay Packers fan!
And it is for all the above reasons and more that the students and the Morrisonville Family School Organization (MFSO) are going all out in recognition of Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, which begins May 7.