Teachers make a difference in the lives of millions of children every day in schools across the country—and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. National PTA and the National Education Association (NEA) have teamed up to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8) and National Teacher Day (May 5), in honor of teachers and the important contributions they make.
“Teachers educate, innovate, care, support and encourage, and the impact they have on children’s lives and futures is so valuable,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. “This is the one week of the year when teachers take center stage and are recognized for their steadfast efforts to ensure every child reaches his or her full potential, both in school and beyond.”
Throughout the week, students, families, schools and communities nationwide will conduct a variety of events and activities to recognize and thank teachers for their outstanding work and dedication to ensure students’ success.
“As a teacher, I know first-hand the important and lasting influence that teachers have on the lives of their students,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, a sixth grade teacher from Utah who was named its 1989 Teacher of the Year. “Teachers give our students that boost of confidence when it’s needed the most and that extra help when things are especially tough. By partnering with National PTA, we’re asking all Americans to join us in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and thank a teacher.”
During the week-long celebration, National PTA and NEA are encouraging everyone to reflect on, recognize and thank a teacher who shaped their life and inspired them to become who they are today by:
• Sharing a photo of a special teacher on social media with the hashtag #ThankATeacher
• Sending heartfelt letters, cards and messages of appreciation
• Creating artwork, poems and video messages
• Volunteering in classrooms and giving back to teachers
• Recognizing teachers with awards
• Joining the #ThankATeacher conversation to raise awareness about the vital role teachers play in the lives of students
At the end of the week, 10 randomly drawn people who participated in the #ThankATeacher social media campaign will receive a $100 VISA gift card to give to their favorite teacher for classroom supplies! Way cool! 🙂
*National PTA has designated the first week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week since 1984. For decades, NEA has celebrated National Teacher Day each year on Tuesday of the first full week of May.
For more information about Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day, visit PTA.org/ThankATeacher or NEA.org/TeacherDay. You can also view a special video message from Presidents Thornton and Eskelsen.