Donated items sought

Teacher’s goal is to transform faculty lounge into an ‘oasis of calm”
The teachers’ lounge at Port Aransas High School has a long way to go to become the oasis that teacher Dana Hawkins wants it to become. She is collecting items to make it more appealing to teachers. PAHS Principal David Swartwout shows what the lounge -- more a workroom -- looks like now. Staff photo by Murray Judson

The teachers’ lounge at Port Aransas High School has a long way to go to become the oasis that teacher Dana Hawkins wants it to become. She is collecting items to make it more appealing to teachers. PAHS Principal David Swartwout shows what the lounge — more a workroom — looks like now. Staff photo by Murray Judson

Lounge: (noun) a room in a private home or public building for leisure occupation. — Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary.

The faculty lounge at Port Aransas High School falls short of that definition, according to someone who has first-hand experience: teacher Dana Hawkins.

“Our faculty lounge is very utilitarian. There is little that invites a teacher to the ‘lounge’ to get away from their day,” she said.

Her mission over the summer is to change that.

“I would like to create an oasis of calm for the staff to use next year,” she said.

She is asking for donations of good furniture, small appliances, plates and utensils.

Specifically, she is looking for a couple of couches and/ or some armchairs and a table for dining.

As far as appliances are concerned, a microwave and a few crockpots would help, Hawkins said.

Also, plates, utensils and serving dishes would “drastically cut our waste of paper plates and plastic utensils,” she said.

To donate any of these items, contact Hawkins at hawkins@paisd.net. She’ll also be at school throughout the summer and can meet people to accept donations.

“I just would love to make a calming gathering place for our staff to go and recharge. I would love to see our staff return to school and find that they have a spot to take a break, get a coffee, have lunch and grade papers that is comfortable and inviting,” Hawkins said.

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