As the school year is coming to a close, the administration of Moniteau County R-1 School District dedicated April 19 as the perfect time to say "thank you" to all its staff members through a staff appreciation day luncheon.
Nearly every educator and staff member was present at California High School to enjoy the day with a bounty of smoked meats, salads and a variety of fruit cobblers.
Superintendent Dwight Sanders thanked his team and shared some words of encouragement.
"Teachers and all staff members are often under-appreciated," Sanders said. "You all are the main person in a lot of these kids' lives, and we appreciate all the work you do. But that's something you don't hear nearly enough."
Specifically singled out for honors were staff members who had been employed by the district for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years. Those names were recognized with certificates of appreciation as well as plaques for those retiring after the 2018-2019 year.
"It's always sad to see staff go," Sanders said. "You just don't want to see them go. But life has plans elsewhere for some of us."
Whether staff members were leaving the district or staying for another round, Sanders made it clear just how important their time in California is to not only him and the students, but for the community.