By Conrad Dudderar
Two time-honored Yukon school traditions – COVID canceled in 2020 – appear primed to return in all their glory this August.
Yukon Public Schools is planning for the triumphant return of the district’s traditional back-to-school breakfast for employees.
“The Breakfast” will be served Monday, Aug. 9 on the Miller Stadium football field, 1777 S Yukon Parkway. This marks the first time in the event’s storied history it will be outside.
All YPS personnel – from bus drivers and cafeteria workers to classroom teachers and site administrators – will be honored guests.
“We need to do that for them to get them started (on a new school year),” YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said during the May 13th Yukon Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
The first day of the 2021-22 school year is Thursday, Aug. 12. YPS teachers report to their sites Thursday, Aug. 5.
The Yukon school district now has 1,034 employees.
In past years, Yukon businesses and organizations sponsored The Breakfast – decorating tables and providing small gifts for YPS employees to kick off a new school year.
NEW TEACHERS LUNCHEON
As if that wasn’t enough, Yukon’s treasured New Teachers Luncheon will be back this year as well after a one-year pandemic break.
This epic celebration will be Wednesday, Aug. 4 at the 10 W Main event center.
The Yukon Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses to provide 125 “swag” items to be presented to new hires at YPS and Southwest Covenant.
“Start ordering them so you can put them in the new teacher bags,” Yukon Chamber CEO Pam Shelton advised May luncheon attendees. “The bags have already been ordered.
“It’s going to be so fun. If you have not been to the New Teachers Luncheon, then you need to come.”
This luncheon has proven to be a prime opportunity for Yukon school principals to introduce their new certified teachers and staff to local civic and business leaders.