Diane Peltz – Contributing Writer
A staff appreciation dinner was held at Macon Program for Progress (MPP) last Thursday. The Parent Planning Committee headed by Chairman Merari Martinez, along with 12 parents of children who attend or had attended MPP decided to go all out and provide dinner for the entire MPP staff. Parents spoke to each staff member and gave them a choice of four dinner options. When the results were in they chose to cook the two most requested items: Chicken/Shrimp Alfredo and Fajitas. Tamales were also served to everyone in addition to the main course.
These parents were so grateful for the care their child received while attending MPP, that they went all out for the staff. They worked on making 119 pillows, one
for each staff member, with a saying on each pillow to thank them for all they do. It took them two and a half weeks to sew all the pillows. They also made certificates of appreciation for each staff member. Food was cooked for two days at the training annex, which is just up the road from the school. The parents wanted to acknowledge everyone who contributes to making this program a success, through their support and knowledge.
Parents dressed in white catering uniforms as they served the staff the appetizers, with an air of professionalism that was not lost on the recipients.
The parents created a program to help the event flow smoothly. On the agenda were games such as musical chairs, Karaoke, tell the best joke contestant and the Avengers, a DJ named Alfredo Gomez that owns a local club, provided the music. A Mexican Dance was performed by parents of former students. After dinner there was a poem recited by Sheyla Martinez Spanish/Amira English, music by the Avengers and then they handed out certificates and pillows. The entertainment was not just a sit back and listen, it was interactive, with the staff singing, playing musical chairs, and telling jokes. When the evening ended, both parents and staff were gratified by the experience.