“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
When you work in a school district every day is Teacher Appreciation Day! Our students depend upon these brave, courageous, innovative, creative, and inspirational women and men all across the district who - every day - Engage, Inspire, Empower - and facilitate learning for our most precious community assets - our students!
Annually during the first week in May we honor and celebrate and acknowledge National Teacher Appreciation Week/Day - in many locations the name is changed to Staff Appreciation Day/Week.
In all schools "it takes a village" and the bus drivers, cooks, driver's education teachers, security guards, custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries, teacher aides, nurses, health aids, librarians, speech language pathologists, social workers, counselors, intervention specialists, other specialists, instructional coaches, crossing guards, school resource officers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, administrators - pretty much - EVERYONE - in all of the schools deserves a Thank you - a pat on the back and acknowledgement for the great services they provide to our students each day!
Here is background information about this special week: (click the link for the source of the information below)People in the United States started celebrating National Teacher Day in 1953 when Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize educators. The origins of the idea for a day are unclear. They date to the early 1940s. But some references cite the advocacy of a Wisconsin teacher and other references credit the efforts of a teacher in Arkansas for first working to establish a teacher appreciation day. One of these teachers is thought to have written to Eleanor Roosevelt, urging her to take up the cause.
It didn’t become a national day until March 7, 1980, after the National Education Association (NEA) along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City, Kan., local chapter lobbied Congress. People continued to celebrate the day in March until 1984, when the National Parent Teacher Association designated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week. The following year, the NEA voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.
In 2015, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4 through May 8. National Teacher Day falls on Tuesday, May 5.
The NEA describes National Teacher Day as “a day of honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” Students and parents typically show their appreciation for teachers by writing thank-you cards and sharing small treats and gifts.
Our teachers prepare students for their futures! All members of the DPS109 Community join together to say THANK YOU teachers, support staff, administrators, parent volunteers, - everyone - who supports and facilitates student learning! We teach like our future depends on it ... because it does!
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