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PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Teachers are real life superheroes. They educate, innovate, encourage and support. Every day they touch the lives of millions of children and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

Take the time to celebrate these real life superheroes during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, 2016.

How You Can Show Appreciation

To celebrate PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, we’ve partnered with GoFundMe to celebrate these superheroes who give so much to our communities. There are two ways that you can make this GoFundMe campaign happen:

Start a Campaign

  • Are you a teacher? Start a campaign to buy school supplies, fund future field trips or even new technology devices for the classroom.
  • Are you a student or parent? Maybe your life has been touched by an inspirational teacher. Start a campaign and give back to your superhero. They deserve it!

Guidelines and Eligibility*

In order to be eligible for GoFundMe to match $100 in donations, a campaign must be created by May 8, 2016 11:59 p.m. PST through, use the official hashtag #ThankATeacher in the description and raise over $100 comprised of donations from at least five (5) unique campaign donors by May 13, 2016 11:59 pm PST U.S. only. If you’re not a teacher yourself, you must select the option to have the money withdrawn by a teacher. View official rules

#ThankATeacher Toolkit & Activities 

Take the time to celebrate these real life superheroes this week! Check out these ideas on how you can thank the super teachers in your lives:

Event Toolkit

To help you plan for the week, we’ve created a Promotional Event Toolkit with ideas and resources you can use to honor teachers. Here's how you can get involved:

  • Find out what teacher superhero power you have in our Facebook quiz and share it, too.
  • On Thursday, upload a #TBT of you and your favorite teacher and thank them using the official hashtag #ThankATeacher.
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About Teacher Appreciation WeekSM

Since 1984, National PTA has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.

PTA events at the national, state and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make. We are also proud to recognize teachers and administrators with awards and grants.

National PTA also serves on the selection committees for the National Teacher of the Year Program.