Brighton School students brighten teachers’ day

LYNNWOOD — Teachers and staff at Brighton School love their coffee.

Just ask the 16 students who brought them their morning cups of Joe last week during Latte Day.

Pairs of students from preschool through third grade at the private school on 212th Street SW delivered coffee drinks from a mobile espresso service to teachers and staff.

“I think it’s really cool just being able to help the teachers,” said Casey McCarthy, 10, one of a group of fifth-grade students asked to accompany the youngest students who delivered the drinks. “We have a lot of assemblies and we always appreciate the teachers.”

Longtime teacher Sandy Figel says she was happy to be on the receiving end of the special appreciation orchestrated by the school’s parent-led Hospitality Committee.

The committee hired Awake Mobile Espresso of Lynnwood to provide the coffee.

“It’s nice to be appreciated,” she said. “It seems like each year is a little bit different. Usually, the parents do all sorts of things.”

Figel, a second-grade teacher, started at the school for preschool to eighth-graders in 1985, a few years after the school was founded as Bright and Early, a preschool.

“The parents at Brighton have always been very supportive of the teachers here and the staff,” said Principal David Locke. “They do things to celebrate the teachers every year. This year, the hospitality committee has put together a bunch of events to celebrate the teachers.”

Other scheduled appreciation events include flowers in February, catered sandwiches in March and a continental breakfast in April.

“I think it’s wonderful, because we have such great teachers and they really do need to be appreciated more,” parent Diane Wakefield said.

Parents organize an annual luncheon for teachers but this is the first time students have delivered coffee to the 50 teachers, specialists and other staff at the school. “I haven’t done one like this before. It’s pretty cool,” Casey said.

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