MARION — Teacher Appreciation Week may have come and gone for the year but Marion High School students decided to give the district’s teachers something before the end of the school year Friday.

While it is not uncommon for students to get their teachers little gifts to say “thank you‘ at the end of the year, several high school students with the help of Marion Superintendent and Marion Elementary Principal Chris Arrington and Marion High School Principal Danyel Prielipp, decided to get creative with showing their appreciation.

While the idea was Arrington’s, it was the students who executed it and brought it to fruition. With a vacuum, air fresheners and Armor All wipes, the students cleaned the inside of their teachers’ cars and then Arrington took the cars to a car wash after there was a “hose malfunction‘ that made it so the students couldn’t wash them.

On Tuesday, the students tackled the elementary school teachers’ cars and will do the vehicles of the junior high/high school staff before the end of the school year Friday.

Marion junior Brandon Stewart was one of the students helping to clean the cars and he said they just are trying to show their appreciation.

“It is just a nice thing to do for them for everything they have done for us,‘ he said.

He said the junior students who are helping were dual enrolled in college courses and with all the work completed they have two hours during the day where they don’t have much to do. So when Prielipp approached them they thought it was a great idea and decided to help.

Arrington said he and Prielipp were looking for ways to say “thank you‘ to the teaching staff for all the hard work they put in during the year and that is when cleaning their cars was thought of.

“We were looking for a way to say ‘thank you’ to all the instructional staff for all their hard work. Of course, that is impossible but we wanted to get them something that showed a little bit of effort,‘ Arrington said. “When she brought the idea to some of her students they thought it was a great idea and a nice way to honor the teachers.‘

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