Today's Kindness #318: May 8, 2023
📚🍎Appreciate Your Teachers🍎📚
Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in the first full week of May, from May 7 through May 8 in 2023, and is when teachers get the extra credit they deserve.
Whether you have a teacher, know a teacher, or are a teacher, there are endless ways to give a little extra support to teachers and teacher organizations. Teaching is known to be a time-consuming and challenging profession, so this week is our chance to say thank you to those that play or have played such a huge role in our lives. Who doesn't have a fond memory of a teacher who inspired us in some way?
Teacher Appreciation Day is described by the National Education Association, which spearheads the weeklong event, as "a week for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives." Each year they provide social media kits, printable teacher achievement certificates, contests, and gift suggestions to help teachers feel all the appreciation we have for them.
How To Observe Teacher Appreciation Week:
Bring A Gift To Your Teacher
Many associations, like National PTA, offer suggestions for gifts to give to teachers and provide fun printable thank-you notes and flyers. Other great ideas to honor your teacher's work include gift cards, donations, baked goods, decorating their classroom door or teacher's lounge, volunteering in a classroom, or using the official hashtag #ThankATeacher
Reach Out To An Old Teacher
We all remember at least one old teacher fondly, and chances are they remember you and would love to know what you're up to. See if they are still teaching at your old school and plan to pay a visit, give a call, or even add them on social media to keep up with them! It's a great chance to let them know the impact they have had on your life.
Donate To Teachers!
Many associations have made it their mission to support teachers with school supplies and make ends meet. Some of the best organizations to send a little extra to this week include Donors Choose, Fund for Teachers, and the National Education Association Foundation. You can even specifically fund particular subjects, like the arts or math and sciences!
"The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character."
~ Dorothea Dix
P.S. You can view some amazing Pueblo teachers this week on our social media, during our AKAD Teacher Appreciation Week Teacher Feature!