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Letter: Teacher massages ‘gross display of poor judgment’

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

A lifetime ago I served on the parent Teacher Association board at a Chesapeake elementary school. During the school year the Parent Teacher Association sponsored fundraisers. All the monies collected beyond expenses were used to purchase tangible items for the school that would provide benefit to students.

On Feb. 23, 2010 PTA funds were used to provide teachers at Lee-Jackson Elementary School massages. The massages were given during school hours utilizing teacher planning time. Mathews School Board chairman Jen Little explained to me on Wednesday evening, March 10, 2010, at a meeting of the Mathews School Board that the massages the teachers received were a gift from the PTA. It was further explained to me that since the teachers have to deal with the students all day that a relaxing massage would be of value to the teachers. For the PTA to provide massages to the teachers was a well-intentioned but misguided gesture.

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