MORRISTOWN, NJ - Teacher Appreciation Week is always a great occasion to reflect on the deep commitment and boundless work that public school educators demonstrate in serving their students and their profession. At Frelinghuysen Middle School in the Morris School District, an inspired art project spearheaded by art teacher Erin Rodrigues aimed to pay tribute to the many teachers and additional school staff that dedicate themselves to their invaluable work.

Rodrigues and her colleagues had their 7th grade students each choose a school staff member for whom to do a unique portrait using a wide selection of art materials. Portraits were rendered of the teachers, counselors, custodians, nurses, as well as administrators.

“The portraits are meant to be gifts to the school staff from the students. It seems a meaningful way to honor the hard working adults in the building who give so much of themselves every day,” remarked Rodrigues.

The works will be hung in the entrance of the school and eventually each school staff member will be given their respective portrait to keep.