CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Jenay DiOrio, 1st Grade Teacher at Briargate Elementary School in Cary and our September “Teacher of the Month” with Home State Bank! She was nominated for teaching her students that they CAN bring about change in the world. Check out the winning letter and picture below!
Nominator: Mandie & her son Lance
School: Briargate Elementary School | Cary IL
Mrs DiOrio has taught her students (last year’s first graders, now moved on to second grade) that, with thought and effort, they can bring change. Her first grade class was honored tonight for creating such change. They noticed a need in our neck of the woods. We have a pond where mama geese raise their goslings, and all too often, they were crossing Cary/Algonquin road and sometimes not making it. After discussing options like having police sit and stop traffic and a tunnel under the road, they settled on Goose Crossing signs. They rallied the other first grade classes and wrote letters to the Village. Mrs DiOrio plead their case at a village meeting, only to find out the road is under County jurisdiction. Later, we found out our mayor took their case to the County, and the signs were installed. Tonight, they were honored, thanked and even received a standing ovation for making change happen, even at their age. They were also so kindly gifted small replica signs. It was an amazing experience for these kids and a valuable life lesson our future leaders won’t ever forget! Without Mrs DiOrio challenging her young students to think outside the box, rallying the teams, writing letters and showing her students she was going to see it through to the end, drivers now know to keep an eye out!
Pictured l to r – Patty Rasmussen, Home State Bank Personal Banker…Letter writers, Mandie & Lance…Teacher, Mrs. Jenay DiOrio…Star 105.5’s Dj Clinto.