Aside from a half-day Friday schedule, students had something more important to cheer about last September 24, 2004 - their teachers who have patiently taught them and the rest of the Xavier community who have made their education as fruitful and as convenient as possible.
Although celebrations did not formally start until after recess time, students had the opportunity to show their gratitude to faculty and staff by giving them small tokens of appreciation, or simply by greeting them a warm “Happy Appreciation Day” or “Thank You” during the first few hours of the morning.
By the time the teachers and staff of Xavier High School arrived at the High School gym, the students gave them loud cheers as a sign of their support and thanks.
The festivities started off with a short paraliturgy. Mr. Jonathan Lacson of the English department also gave a speech of his personal experiences in teaching, which he would like to share with the rest of the Xavier Community.
Stressing that appreciation does not go in only one direction but both ways, Mr. Lacson thanked the many people, especially his students, who made all his sacrifices worthwhile. He also shared that the greatest form of appreciation is for the students to try their best in what they do.
Luis Locsin of High 2-D and Michael Chua of High 4-H then hosted the next segment of the event, which consisted of laudable performances by the students.
First was a dance performance by students of different year levels, who fluidly danced by high-tempo sounds for their beloved teachers to enjoy.
It was then followed by a song medley in English, Filipino and Chinese, which the singers performed to the teacher of their choice.
As majority of the students leave the campus, some stayed behind to serve the teachers lunch as waiters, or entertain them with songs while the Appreciation Day Project Team, headed by Raymund Li of High 4-A, makes sure that the event runs smoothly.
Hopefully, such a display of gratitude by these students would serve as an example for Xaverians as they continue to show their appreciation to their formators more concretely by doing their best as students.
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