The occasion, designed to mimic the rite of passage often given to high school athletes signing letters of intent to play intercollegiate athletics at their chosen school, celebrated a more informal but still passionate pledge to use the "next level" to get back to elementary, middle and secondary schools that produced the soon-to-be grads.
Teachers at Crosby Elementary School were getting their classes through the MCAS on Tuesday. They still have lessons to teach. And then there was knock on each one of their doors.
It was Gary Levante or Deanna Markham from Berkshire Bank or it was Jennifer Kerwood from the Berkshire United Way. The teachers didn't know it was coming, but the two organizations were thinking about them because Tuesday wasn't just another school day. It was teacher's appreciation day.