People usually sign petitions to make a statement or help pass some sort of law, but the students at Christian Life High School started one with teacher appreciation in mind.
Students at Christian Life High School celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week last week, and that helped encourage them to give back to their Bible teacher, Mr. Sonny Savitski.
"We made posters for the other teachers and told them that stuff like this can remind a teacher why they do what they do," Savitski said of the school's festivities.
However, Savitski never expected the honor he would receive.
"He encouraged us to try and encourage other teachers, to help bring them up, even the principal sometimes, and I got together with a couple of friends and we started this going," freshman Michael Ford explained.
Ford started a petition for Savitski, hoping it would earn him the honor of Teacher of the Week. Eighty-three signatures later, he succeeded.
"I told them specifically, 'Don't do anything for me,'" Savitski said. "But it really reminds you why you do what you do."
What sets Savitski apart? Exactly what he tells his students to do: Encourage.
"I try to make it an environment where they're just constantly encouraged, you know, where you tell them that you believe the best in them and even in the midst of everything that's going on, you just show them there's always someone that has their back, someone that cares about them, someone that loves them."
According to Ford, Savitski "takes time to get to know us on a personal level even more than most teachers, and that's the biggest thing that stands out for him."
Savitski says that's something he continues to work on each day.
"I'm the one that's blessed every day, and so yeah, I'm just thankful."