A senior project aimed at recognizing the work teachers do and helping them continue to do it takes to the ice Saturday when the Superior High School Spartans face the Hudson Raiders at 8 p.m. in Wessman Arena.
Coordinated by senior center Kobe Hansen, the event mixes teacher appreciation, a school supply drive and a scholarship fundraiser. Children who attend can Skate with a Spartan after the game, as well.
Each of the six seniors on the hockey team, as well as a senior manager will bring a teacher onto the ice for recognition. For Hansen, it’s a chance to give a shout-out to educators who make a difference.
“They should get recognized because they’re the ones who are shaping us into the people who we’re going to be five, 10, 15 years from now, and basically introducing us to the next chapter of our lives,” Hansen said.
Most of the teachers are from the high school, although the team manager chose an elementary school teacher. Hansen wasn’t surprised by the high school teachers who were chosen.
“I think I’ve had all of them and they’re all just great teachers and they deserve to be recognized for it,” he said.
It could be the start of a tradition, which would sit well with Hansen. He said coach Jason Kalin has been very supportive of his senior project.
Hansen will also be collecting school supplies — notebooks, pencils, markers, pens and more — at the game. Everything that is donated will be delivered to elementary schools in the district to help replenish supplies for the rest of the school year.
He’ll also raise funds through a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and chuck-a-puck competition. All proceeds will be earmarked for a scholarship for a student who teachers feel has shown the most growth over their high school career.
“Some scholarships they’re just mostly meant for kids at the high school with the high GPAs, high ACTs, stuff like that,” Hansen said “For kids who don’t have those grades, they basically go unnoticed, but they’re working as hard as everybody else. I just believe they should be recognized for it.”
He hopes to raise at least $500 for the scholarship. The recipient would be chosen by teachers on the Scholarship Committee.
Following the game, children will have a chance to Skate with a Spartan.
“We’ve done that in the past and kids just love it,” Hansen said. “Might as well tie it into my senior project. This has to do with the elementary schools, too.”
The senior said he started work on the project a month after school began. He expects to see a large crowd at the event.
“I chose this game because it’s always a big game when we play Hudson,” Hansen said.