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Gilbert W. McNeal pre-kindergartner Catalina Bennett and her brother Thiago, a kindergartner, show off the signs they made for their teachers.

Sign of appreciation in Lakewood Ranch

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Gilbert W. McNeal pre-kindergartner Catalina Bennett and her brother Thiago, a kindergartner, show off the signs they made for their teachers.

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Dozens of families made signs for teachers and staff at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Dozens of families made signs for teachers and staff at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School.

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Tristen Gibson, a second grader at Tara Elementary School, smiles for a selfie with his teacher Teresa Betts.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Tristen Gibson, a second grader at Tara Elementary School, smiles for a selfie with his teacher Teresa Betts.

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Tara Elementary School second grader Grayson Marinetti and his sister Quinn, who is in fourth grade, wave to teachers as they participate in the parade for first and second grade teachers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Tara Elementary School second grader Grayson Marinetti and his sister Quinn, who is in fourth grade, wave to teachers as they participate in the parade for first and second grade teachers.

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Tobias Guillermoni, a second grader at Tara Elementary School, has his photo taken with his teacher, Rachel Della-Donna.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Tobias Guillermoni, a second grader at Tara Elementary School, has his photo taken with his teacher, Rachel Della-Donna.

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Luci McGee, a second grade teacher at Tara Elementary School, waves to students passing by in their cars.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Luci McGee, a second grade teacher at Tara Elementary School, waves to students passing by in their cars.

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Mary Beth Van Zandt, an exceptional student education teacher at Tara Elementary School, holds a sign up with a message to students driving by during the parade.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Mary Beth Van Zandt, an exceptional student education teacher at Tara Elementary School, holds a sign up with a message to students driving by during the parade.

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Jennifer Scheid, a fifth grade teacher at Tara Elementary School, collects books from Wesley Murrell.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Jennifer Scheid, a fifth grade teacher at Tara Elementary School, collects books from Wesley Murrell.

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Anna Antony, a fifth grader at Tara Elementary School, holds signs she made to show appreciation for her teachers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Anna Antony, a fifth grader at Tara Elementary School, holds signs she made to show appreciation for her teachers.

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Amy Teta, a physical education teacher at Tara Elementary School, and Laura Campbell, principal of Tara, wave to students as they go by in their cars.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Amy Teta, a physical education teacher at Tara Elementary School, and Laura Campbell, principal of Tara, wave to students as they go by in their cars.

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East Manatee Fire Rescue makes an appearance at the parade to show appreciation for teachers and staff at Tara Elementary School.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

East Manatee Fire Rescue makes an appearance at the parade to show appreciation for teachers and staff at Tara Elementary School.

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Cooper Smith, a fifth grader at Tara Elementary School, stands out of his car's sun roof holding signs he made for his teachers during the parade.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Cooper Smith, a fifth grader at Tara Elementary School, stands out of his car's sun roof holding signs he made for his teachers during the parade.

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Daniel Villareal, a fifth grader, smiles as he gets to see fifth grade and specials teachers at Tara Elementary School.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Daniel Villareal, a fifth grader, smiles as he gets to see fifth grade and specials teachers at Tara Elementary School.

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Ella Dyer, a third grader at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, works on a sign for teachers and staff at the school. She later put the sign in the courtyard of the school so teachers can see it as they walk into the building.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Ella Dyer, a third grader at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, works on a sign for teachers and staff at the school. She later put the sign in the courtyard of the school so teachers can see it as they walk into the building.

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Daphne Quintal, a first grader at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, makes a homemade sign for teachers and staff members at the school to show her appreciation for all they do.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Daphne Quintal, a first grader at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, makes a homemade sign for teachers and staff members at the school to show her appreciation for all they do.

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Robert E. Willis Elementary School fifth grade teachers Jacquie McLaurin and Suzanne Tomlin take a flower arrangement class virtually as part of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Robert E. Willis Elementary School fifth grade teachers Jacquie McLaurin and Suzanne Tomlin take a flower arrangement class virtually as part of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

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Flowers are delivered to 22 Robert E. Willis Elementary School teachers for a virtual flower arrangement class.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Flowers are delivered to 22 Robert E. Willis Elementary School teachers for a virtual flower arrangement class.

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Suzanne Tomlin, a fifth grade teacher at Robert E. Willis Elementary School, enjoys learning about caring for flowers and making arrangements.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Suzanne Tomlin, a fifth grade teacher at Robert E. Willis Elementary School, enjoys learning about caring for flowers and making arrangements.

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Suzanne Tomlin, a fifth grade teacher at Robert E. Willis Elementary School, places different types of flowers in her arrangement.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Suzanne Tomlin, a fifth grade teacher at Robert E. Willis Elementary School, places different types of flowers in her arrangement.

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Jacquie McLaurin, a fifth grade teacher at Robert E. Willis Elementary, puts a rose in her arrangement. McLaurin swapped two of her orange roses with fifth grade teacher Suzanne Tomlin's pink roses.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Jacquie McLaurin, a fifth grade teacher at Robert E. Willis Elementary, puts a rose in her arrangement. McLaurin swapped two of her orange roses with fifth grade teacher Suzanne Tomlin's pink roses.

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Jacquie McLaurin, a fifth grade teacher at Robert E. Willis Elementary, rotates her arrangement to see if it's symmetrical.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Jacquie McLaurin, a fifth grade teacher at Robert E. Willis Elementary, rotates her arrangement to see if it's symmetrical.

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Robert E. Willis Elementary School fifth grade teachers say goodbye to other Willis teachers participating in a virtual flower arrangement class.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Robert E. Willis Elementary School fifth grade teachers say goodbye to other Willis teachers participating in a virtual flower arrangement class.

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Brijet France, a fourth grade teacher at Braden River Elementary School, sits by the sign the school posted in her front yard for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Brijet France, a fourth grade teacher at Braden River Elementary School, sits by the sign the school posted in her front yard for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

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Kylee and Rylynn Francies, students at Braden River Elementary School, put a sign in the yard of a Braden River Elementary teacher.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Kylee and Rylynn Francies, students at Braden River Elementary School, put a sign in the yard of a Braden River Elementary teacher.

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Teri Tiegland, an exceptional student education paraprofessional at Braden River Elementary School, loves the sign the school posted in her yard. The signs were a part of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Teri Tiegland, an exceptional student education paraprofessional at Braden River Elementary School, loves the sign the school posted in her yard. The signs were a part of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

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Robert E. Willis Elementary School fifth grade teachers Jacquie McLaurin and Suzanne Tomlin marvel over their finished arrangements.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |

Robert E. Willis Elementary School fifth grade teachers Jacquie McLaurin and Suzanne Tomlin marvel over their finished arrangements.

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