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Hays USD 489 teachers were in for a sweet treat Tuesday morning for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Roosevelt Elementary School was first on the list as board of education members stopped at each school delivering cupcakes to staff.

Teachers are "the heart and soul of the district. The visit and cupcakes are a way to show appreciation for all they do every day," BOE vice president James Leiker said.

Leiker, BOE president Greg Schwartz, Danielle Lang, Lance Bickle, Sarah Rankin and Marty Patterson went from classroom to classroom delivering the cupcakes and a message of thanks to the teachers. Josh Waddell was absent.

"Teachers love what they do. ... Be sure to thank your teacher," Roosevelt principal Lee Keffer told the students during morning announcements.

"We were supposed to bring an apple, but we brought cupcakes instead," Patterson told Gae Flax's fifth-grade students.

Patterson walked through the classroom asking students about their visit to the middle school later in the morning, and what books they like to read.

"Boy, I feel special. I feel like a celebrity," third-grade teacher Amy Mayo said when the group visited her classroom.

She said she'd already received a group hug from the class.

Mayo introduced the board saying, "they make decisions about our school."

The cupcakes and visit were from the members personally, "not through the district," Schwartz wrote in an email.

"It's a day to recognize (teachers) and show we appreciate the hard work they do for the students," Lang said.