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Thank a Teacher Contest: Express Your Gratitude during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

Sep 27, 2017, 10:54 AM

Thank a teacher for their dedication to Common Core State Standards and your local PTA could win $500 to host a teacher appreciation luncheon!

Today kicks off PTA Teacher Appreciation Week – a week where families and schools around the country give thanks for all that teachers do. Teachers make an indelible mark on the lives of their students – from inspiring a lifelong love of reading, to sparking a curiosity that leads to a future career path, to imparting the importance of service to one’s community.

Teachers should know that their work is valued. That is why National PTA encourages families to write to teachers and thank them for their efforts and dedication. Specifically, National PTA urges all PTA members to write a letter of thanks to math and English teachers who are in the process of implementing the new Common Core State Standards. These math and English standards are providing a consistent and clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so students are ready for college and career regardless of their zip code.

Here’s how you can participate and potentially win $500 for a teacher appreciation luncheon at your school, courtesy of the GE Foundation.

  1. Send a letter thanking a teacher for his/her work implementing Common Core State Standards.
  2. Send a copy of your letter to
  3. Include your contact information and the name of your local PTA.
  4. Each letter will be entered into a drawing, where ten local PTA winners will receive $500 to host a teacher appreciation lunch honoring the teacher(s) and PTA letter writer.

Be sure to read the full contest rules or download a template thank you letter before you enter for your chance to win.

For more information and resources for PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, visit

Lee Ann Kendrick is the Regional Advocacy Specialist for National PTA.