Huntingtown, MD – As an organization that supports youth, The Optimist Clubs of Calvert-Prince Frederick and Solomons collaborated—along with Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS)—to support a group that helps shape the lives and minds of the younger generation. The clubs held their first-ever Teacher Appreciation Week Banquet Monday, Sept. 11 at Kings Landing Park’s Tom Wisner Hall in Huntingtown.

The event was attended by nine of CCPS’s 24 top teachers—the educators designated their school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. Among the attendees was Kelly M. Raby of Windy Hill Elementary School, Calvert’s Teacher of the Year for 2017.

The nine attendees were presented Optimist Club mugs and nominal checks in appreciation for their service to the county’s public schools. Calvert-Prince Frederick Club President Bob Young, who noted he is a retired teacher, delivered remarks prior to the presentation. “I’m a little bit familiar with what you go through,” said Young, who also mentored teachers for several years and has two daughters who have taught in Calvert. “Teaching and learning don’t always equate,” said Young, adding that great educators “bring out that interest, that opportunity to learn. You are teaching problem-solving. You do more than teach facts—you inspire learning.”

The honorees, family members, CCPS officials in attendance and local Optimists enjoyed a buffet meal provided by Maryland Country Caterers as part of the celebration.

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