Principal Alicia Miller wears a shirt reading “I will appreciate you in a room. I will appreciate you now on Zoom.”

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Grace Church showed its appreciation for teachers of a public elementary school by helping sponsor a drive-through distribution of thank-you gifts. Each teacher at Southern View Elementary School received a handwritten note of encouragement, a grocery store gift card, a personalized key chain, a box of cupcakes, and other fun or practical items.

The church helped host the event with Principal Alicia Miller and the Illinois Educators Credit Union May 7, coinciding with Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers and staff drove through the student pick-up lane of the school to receive the gifts.

“Grace has had a great ongoing relationship with our local public elementary school,” says Pastor Dave Fox. “We’re thankful for opportunities to love on our community and open doors to share the gospel.”