Students in Billings School District 2 were given a special treat for three mornings this week to thank them for all the challenges they have endured over the last couple of years.

The media release says the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools surprised students by giving out 17,000 donuts on May 10 – 12. Over 35 volunteers helped distribute donuts to all 33 Billings schools and students at the Rimrock Learning Center and the Lincoln Center in downtown Billings. 

“We’ve done one small gesture of thanks to all the teachers and support staff each month this school year, and we wanted to take a moment to also thank the students,” says Kelly Edwards, Education Foundation Board Member and Appreciation Committee Chair. “These kids have been put through the ringer the last two years as well, so this is a small way for us to say thank you.”

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many brought in work and school across the globe. People were not allowed out of their homes around the world for a brief time. Many began working from home or even lost their jobs. Students were hit just as hard by changes such as remote learning, social distancing, and masks. With things starting to get back to normal, it is nice to know that their perseverance through those challenges did not go unnoticed. 

The Education Foundation has also launched the Educator Appreciation Committee, where community members can show their appreciation for teachers by sending them personalized notes or donating to the Appreciation Campaign. Educators have been given monthly appreciation through coffee, yummy treats and other special gifts.

With the last day of school just around the corner, it is truly a sweet way to end the school year!