St. Anthony teachers get a treat

School faculty get limo ride, lunch for Teacher Appreciation Week
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Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Pam Beschta hugs students after the St. Anthony School teacher was surprised with a limousine ride and lunch for Teacher Appreciation Week.

St. Anthony School’s friends and parents pulled out the stops this year for Teacher Appreciation Week with a surprise limousine ride and lunch in Green Bay on Friday.

Principal Alex Wolf and a small group of people “in the know” were able to keep the secret until just before the teachers were escorted, blindfolded, to the stretch limo donated for the trip by Heritage Limousines.

When the time came, Wolf recruited a handful of students from the classroom of Sue Beschta, who was unable to attend Friday because of a family matter. The delighted students embraced the task with relish.

“We have a very special surprise for our teachers, but first we have to blindfold her,” the principal explained as he went from classroom to classroom gathering up the other teachers — Pam Beschta, Renee Lemke, Julie Rost, Kathy Nall and Rosie Marifke.

“How many fingers am I holding up?” one of the students asked each teacher to test the effectiveness of the blindfold.

The puzzled teachers were led by hand to the school entrance, where driver Pat Fisher was waiting with the limousine. The blindfolds came off to gasps from the teachers and squeals and hugs from the students.

Then it was off to lunch at the Titletown Brewing Co. restaurant in Green Bay, which donated half the cost of the meals to the little elementary school of 60 to 70 students. People in the St. Anthony community picked up the rest of the bill. Substitutes and volunteer parents watched the classrooms while the teachers were away.

The group returned to Oconto Falls by mid-afternoon, in time to get ready for the St. Anthony “Finding Dory” open house that was planned for Friday night.