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National Teacher Appreciation Day


Today is the day to celebrate your favorite teacher or educator! Think about the dedicated educators in your life who have influenced your path. Today is the day to honor them and recognize the lasting contributions they make in our lives.

Teacher Appreciation

When did national teacher appreciation day begin? Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping the future of future leaders. They can help guide us in positive directions and encourage us to be bold, confident leaders. Today is a great day to say “Thank You!” to the outstanding teachers that you know. Think about the teachers in your life. How did they influence you? What impact have they had on your life? Take a moment and show your gratitude for them. Here are a few ideas:

  • Write a note, card, or letter expressing how they have impacted you and your future goals.
  • Draw a picture or create a piece of artwork for your teacher.
  • Show gratitude with sweet treats. Find out what your teacher really loves to eat and treat them with their favorite chocolate or energy bar.
  • Take a moment at the end of class or the beginning of the day and thank your teacher by telling them how they have impacted you.

What are other ways you could thank the teachers in your life?

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