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Celebrates Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 10, 2013)—National PTA joins schools and communities across the country in recognizing educators making a difference in children’s lives during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week between May 6-10, 2013. Each year, during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, teachers are honored for the important role they play in students’ success through various gestures from students, families and school staff.

National PTA has received thousands of notes and stories from teachers and families sharing how they have celebrated PTA Teacher Appreciation Week. Here are just some of the ways teachers, students, families and educators have celebrated:

“We’re planning a whole week of surprises for the school staff and our theme is, ’You’re Our Heroes“. [Friday] we hung up 425 paper cutouts on our “Hero Wall” in the entrance to the school for the staff to see on Monday. The kids wrote down why they think the staff is heroes on the cutouts, and their sentiments just couldn’t be more poignant and sweet. What a lift it will give to our staff!” - Green Valley Elementary in Roanoke, VA

“We celebrate our teachers/staff every day [during the] week, but my favorite is ’Souper hero Tuesday’. We’ll be bringing in a can of soup to donate to a local food bank in our teacher’s name. Of course, they’ll get yummy cupcakes in the lounge to remind them we know their super power is teaching.” - Kelly Wadley Duggan, Parent

“Each day I will send something different for my son’s teachers, starting out with flowers to keep in the classroom all week, then a basket of sweet & salty snacks, next day a basket full of classroom supplies, then to end the week with a nice personal gift of some sort  with a little note signed by your child each day for a more personal touch.” - Shalin Hassie, Parent

“My favorite day is ’Thank You Thursday’ – we distribute thank you postcards to students, parents, teachers and staff and collect them for 10 days and then will distribute them on May 9. The cost to our PTSA is a couple reams of cardstock, the good will it creates…priceless.  Staff loves the notes they get and it builds on itself – when you get a thank you note, you’re more apt to send one out and thank someone else. I LOVE the spirit this creates!” - Kathie Kitron Green, Parent

“Teachers play a crucial role in children’s lives – both academically and socially. PTA Teacher Appreciation Week allows us to celebrate our nation’s educators through thoughtful gestures, whether simple or creative. Taking the time to acknowledge their hard work and commitment can make a world of a difference in a teacher’s day and we encourage parents and families to show their support this week and year round,” said National PTA President Betsy Landers.

Teachers should know their work is noticed. National PTA urges you to put your thanks on paper by entering our Thank A Teacher Contest. National PTA encourages you to write a letter or note of thanks to math and English teachers who are in the process of implementing the new Common Core State Standards. For more information, please visit:

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National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.