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Teachers appreciated

Published 12:00am Tuesday, May 4, 2004

One teacher was even surprised with the thank you of a lifetime. Morning Son preschool teacher Debbie Walter was discussing home redecorating with one of her student’s moms, Jen Petersen. Walter was going to hold an open house soon for her daughter, Brianna, for her upcoming graduation from Hillcrest. That gave Petersen an idea: after she called the rest of the mothers in the classroom as well as several other parents if they would be interested in helping, she called Roses and Jewels Interiors and asked if they would be available for a surprise redecoration. Roses and Jewels, along with several volunteers from Morning Son, spent all day Monday and Tuesday redecorating Walter’s home, all of it free of charge. When they were finished, they covered Walter’s eyes, walked her into her living room and surprised her with new lamps, window treatments, shelves, pictures and wall hangings, as well as reused antiques and heirlooms that Walter had hiding in her basement. In the dining room, Walter found more surprises: a new display area for pictures and dishes, curtains, light fixture, table cloths and centerpiece. &uot;I can’t even believe it’s the same house,&uot; Walters said. &uot;It’s like a picture in a magazine.&uot; Petersen said the time was well spent. &uot;She pours her heart and soul into her class,&uot; Petersen said. &uot;We know we can never financially compensate her, but the peace of mind we can give her that her house is ready for the graduation open house is a small token of what we parents can give back to her.&uot;

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