A hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day; invite over 1,200 spirited South Lake elementary, middle and high school teachers to breakfasts and you have a raucous fun-feast.

The traditional event recognizes South Lake teachers for all they do.  The kick-off to the school year is so popular and has grown to such proportions that it was necessary to divide the event into two separate breakfasts:  elementary school teachers on Monday and middle and high school teachers on Tuesday. It was apparent judging from the reaction of the elementary school teachers who attended Monday’s breakfast that they didn’t miss their middle/high school colleagues (too much).  School spirit and pandemonium were raging.

This year’s Teacher Appreciation Breakfast event was hosted by the South Lake Chamber of Commerce and Pig on the Pond Community Festival and held at Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church. The event included a breakfast buffet and entertainment by Caponi’s Cannolis.  Door prizes were plentiful and goodie bags were given to each teacher.  There were also school prizes and awards.

Grassy Lake Elementary

Minneola Charter was recognized and given the Spirit Award for its team’s pep and vigor as well as “noise level”.  Grassy Lake Elementary won a $1,500 scholarship from Sylvan Learning Center.

Diane Kornegay, Lake County Schools Superintendent, gave words of encouragement to her SL school team. Tom English, President of Pig on the Pond spoke briefly on the imprint a teacher can make on a student, and reminded everyone to SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming Pig on the Pond fundraiser for student scholarships on March 9, 10, and 11.

An event such as the Teachers Appreciation Breakfast takes the support of many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the community.  It would take pages to recognize everyone involved in this worthy event and still many would be left out.  Thus, THE SOUTH LAKE TABLET wants to thank everyone who donated, sponsored or participated in this event. And give special thanks and appreciation to the community’s most valuable asset, the dedicated teachers of south Lake County.