LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg City Schools showed its appreciation on Tuesday for the district’s teachers and staff with activities throughout the city.

On Tuesday, May 3, a total of 30 organizations hosted about 550 school teachers and staff for a morning of wellness.

Staff members were able to choose from a variety of activities, including putt-putt golf, a book club, and museum tours.

The owner of AR Workshop in Lynchburg volunteered services on Tuesday morning as Lynchburg City Schools’ staff participated in a painting workshop with DIY classes.

(Photo: Amanda Lee/WFXR News)

The executive director of Lynchburg City Schools; Education Foundation, Jodi Gillette, came up with the idea as part of the staff’s professional development.

“Just to be able to have time to take care of themselves, we thought was tremendously important,” Gillette said. “We know that there’s teacher burnout, we know that there’s a teacher shortage, so that even adds to the demands, so hopefully this is something that would help them refresh.”

According to Gillette, this was intentionally held as a part of professional development, which means staff members could get paid for their time on Tuesday. She says it was well-deserved and well-needed.

Gillette tells WFXR News that a generous grant from the International Paper Company made Tuesday’s event possible.