Showing appreciation

Chase Jordan / Sampson Independent Zatasia Crumpler, a cosmetology student at Sampson Community College, spends time with Roseboro Elementary School Principal Tonya Colwell during Teacher Appreciation Week.

ROSEBORO — At Roseboro Elementary School, teachers received some appreciation and fresh manicures.

For Teacher Appreciation Week, cosmetology students from Sampson Community College visited the school to trim, shape and paint nails.

“This is wonderful,” said teacher Barbara Francis. “I was in such shock when I walked in and knew that I was going to get my nails done. It feels great.”

It was one of several activities held throughout the district. Francis said it was also great to help the college students during the appreciation activity for teachers.

“It’s nice to help students in a different place,” Francis said.

Loreta Jones, cosmetology chairwoman, said they were glad that the students received additional experience and give back to the community.

“They’re socializing and they’re being able to do their client consultations and having time to talk to the teachers one-on-one,” Jones said.

Cosmetology student Ashley Jackson said she really enjoyed interacting with Francis and other educators.

“I love them,” Jackson said about the work of good teachers. “They’re very understandable if you need help with something. They always take their time out for anything and they go beyond school to help.”

Principal Tonya Colwell received a manicure from a former student, Zatasia Crumpler.

“She was great and good with students,” Crumpler said. “She had us on top of everything.”

Under the leadership of Brandy Jackson, Roseboro’s Elementary School PTO provided breakfast and lunch from Railroad Street Steakhouse during the week.

The National Parent Teacher Association designated the week of May as a time to honor men and women in education. It began in 1984. The organization is encouraging people to get involved by sending thank you cards to teachers, showing support and through social media outlets such as Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

Colwell beleives the appreciation is necessary becuase many teachers put in a lot of hours beyond the call of duty.

“They try to make our children’s future successful or better,” Colwell said. “There’s no amount of money that can pay what they do or what they mean to our students.”