USD 475 recognizes paraeducators in week-long celebration

GEARY COUNTY, Kan. — Geary County Schools USD 475 recognized their paraeducators in a week-long celebration following Paraprofessional Appreciation Day to commemorate their hard work and contributions to the education of their students.

The celebrations occurred across the schools and included theme days, breakfast, and yummy treats. The school with the best celebration will win a prize from the Special Education Department.

“Paraeducators are so invaluable to the functioning of our programs, to our schools as a whole,” said Courtney Eichhorn, assistant director of the Special Education Department.

Courtney Eichhorn, assistant director of the Special Education Department.

The 250 paraeducators across the district play a large part in creating an equal playing field for students within Special Education by assisting them with any modifications or accommodations as needed.

Ware Elementary celebrates their paraeducators with a breakfast.

“They’re really the main driving force of carrying out the individualized education plans for our students, in the general education setting especially,” said Nathan Downs, executive director of the Special Education Department.

Nathan Downs, executive director of the Special Education Department.

Geary County Schools USD 475 wants to extend their appreciation and thank all the paraeducators within the district for their hard work and perseverance throughout this difficult year.

Westwood Elementary also celebrates their paraeducators with a breakfast.

The district is looking for more people who are interested in working with kids and making a difference in their lives. Paraeducator applications can be found on the Geary County Schools USD 475 website.

For inquiries, please contact Lindley Lund, Marketing and Media Specialist for Geary County Schools USD 475, at lindleylund@usd475.org.