Winter Recess: Teachers Week
ITHACA -- [WENY] We all have that special teacher that left a mark on us throughout the years.
Ithaca is thanking those teachers through a week long celebration called Winter Recess.
Teachers are being rewarded for their hard work through free or discounted offers across Tompkins County this week into next and one of them has already received a gift that she can't wait to bring back to her school.
Judy Jordan is an art teacher at Elbridge Elementary School and today she's the grand prize winner of a tablet and a $500 gift certificate for school supplies.
"This is halfway through the year and now I have lots of things to take care of for 500 students for the rest of the year, so this is just an unbelievable plus and made my day that's for sure," said Judy Jordan.
Teachers at this year's Winter Recess in Ithaca get to enjoy deals at restaurants, spas, museums, the works.
Maureen Preston is a high school teacher at Newark Valley and it's first time checking out the week-long retreat.
"It's really wonderful, it's always nice to have some time off, and to spend that with people who know what you're doing every day and share ideas or support you is really a wonderful thing," said Maureen Preston.
Maxie's Supper Club is just one of the restaurants offering discounts for teachers during Winter Recess.
"It's a great way for us to stay active in the community and just really join together with other restaurants, offer great deals to get people into town," said Rachel Clabby, the front house manager at Maxie's Supper Club.
Despite the fact that events like this bring millions into Tompkins County the director of the Visitor Bureau tells me, this weeks events means a little bit more to him.
"We all can point to a teacher that touched our life in a very special way, each and everyone of us. For me, it was my 10th grade social studies teacher," said Fred Bonn, the Director of the Ithaca/Tompkins County Visitors Bureau.
"Each year as I'm working with my staff to produce this event I think back on that individual and all that they did for me and this is an opportunity for us to acknowledge that, recognize that and thank teachers for all that they are doing for our kids," said Bonn.
The Winter Recess runs through February 24th. For teachers in the area who still want to sign up, visit http://www.ithacalovesteachers.com/ or visit the Ithaca Visitors Bureau.