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Making the World Brighter, One Student at a Time

National PTA is proud to celebrate the school community and excited to share Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6–10, 2024. The theme for this year is "Teachers are Shining Stars!"

Making the world brighter, one student at a time, PTA will highlight the important role teachers play in shaping our children. As they continue to go beyond the call of duty, we appreciate all their efforts in-and-out of the classroom.

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Show Your Appreciation: Thank a Teacher

The Guiding Stars of Education

In their hands, the future will shine. Our teachers have endured, and now it’s time to celebrate all the sacrifices they make for every child, every day. Use our toolkit including thank-you cards, certificates, fliers and social media graphics to show appreciation and thank the teachers in your life, and find even more ideas below to #ThankATeacher.

Teacher alongside Students

Every Lesson Makes a More Radiant Future

From text messages, and PTA meetings to emails, parent-teacher conferences, and grading papers, there is nothing that a teacher doesn’t touch. Every day, teachers ignite young minds to build brighter futures within the school community.

There are many ways to show your appreciation for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Take a look at these ideas for celebrating.

More Ideas to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Ideas for STUDENTS/FAMILIES to show appreciation:

  • Write a thank-you note to your child's teacher.
  • Give your child's teacher a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant.
  • Volunteer your time in your child's classroom.
  • Donate school supplies to your child's teacher.
  • Say, thank you to a teacher who made a difference in your life.

Ideas for SCHOOL-WIDE appreciation:

  • Organize a contest where students create artwork or write essays about how their teachers inspire them for the future.
  • Feature different teachers each day of the week, highlighting their unique contributions to shaping the future.
  • Partner with local businesses to showcase future career options and have teachers guide discussions on how their subjects connect to those careers.

No matter what you do, take some time during Teacher Appreciation Week to show your educators how much you appreciate them.

Notes from the Backpack Podcast Miniseries

Notes from the Backpack, a podcast for parents, is proud to celebrate the voices of teachers and uplift their needs through our Teacher Talk Miniseries. Tune in as we hand the mic to teachers so they can share the answers to your questions like:

  • What is it like being a teacher right now?
  • What do you wish families knew about your job?
  • How can families partner with teachers to advocate for change in our schools?

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Download our Teacher Appreciation Week Toolkit

Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to honor the invaluable contributions of educators who tirelessly guide and inspire students every day. Teachers are the shining stars in the constellation of our society, illuminating the path to knowledge and growth. They selflessly dedicate themselves to nurturing young minds, imparting not just academic lessons, but also invaluable life skills and wisdom. With their patience, passion, and dedication, teachers mold the future generation, instilling within them a love for learning and a belief in their own potential.

During this special week, let us express our heartfelt gratitude to these extraordinary individuals who light up our world with knowledge and empower the next generation to reach for the stars.

Thank You Card

Share a special message straight from the heart with all of the stellar educators you know. 

Thank You Card for Teachers


Acrostic Poem Activity

Describe your teacher using words that start with the letters T-E-A-C-H-E-R in this acrostic poem activity, then share it with your teacher so they know how much you appreciate them!

Acrostic Poem: Teacher



You, your school principal, or the PTA/PTSA president can sign and send our ready-made appreciation certificates to the teachers in your life.

Certificates for Teachers



Use these fillable fliers to show your appreciation!

Teacher Appreciation Flyers


Social Media Graphics

Start a heartful social media conversation about the amazing teachers in your life by dressing up your social media profiles with these graphics. Don’t forget to share photos of your activities during the week by using the hashtag #ThankATeacher


How You Can #ThankATeacher

Get creative! And post how you honor your teachers using #ThankATeacher. We love seeing all the awesome ways you celebrate the “T” in PTA!

Find more unique ways to virtually celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week on PTAOurChildren.org.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

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About Teacher Appreciation WeekSM


Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the individuals 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. National PTA also serves on the selection committee for the National Teacher of the Year.