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Old 04-29-2004, 07:30 AM
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chuckle May 4th is National Teacher Day

A different perspective on 2004 National Teacher Day

May 4 will be National Teacher Day, a time for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. It is always celebrated the Tuesday of the first full week of May, so the actual date varies each year.

The whole week -- this year May 2-8 -- is designated Teacher Appreciation Week by the National PTA.

This year's theme is "We are the NEA -- Together Making Great Public Schools for Every Child."


The origins of Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodbridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

NEA along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) local lobbied Congress to create a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when NEA and the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

***Info. provided by the National Education Association (nea .org)

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Old 04-29-2004, 07:41 AM
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Ideas for Teacher Day Activities

Recognizing and celebrating the important roles and contributions of educators can take many forms.

**Parent, Business, and Community Tributes**

Consider the following to support your community's teachers:

Run congratulatory messages on electronic signs outside banks or other businesses, or on billboards, banners or storefront signs;

Offer teachers discounts on purchases made on Teacher Day;

Invite all teachers to a reception in their honor, hosted by the mayor, school board, school administrators, Chamber of Commerce or other group;

Invite teachers to a before-school "coffee, juice and pastries" salute at a local grocery store or other business--or even in a school parking lot (think tailgate party!).

**In School**

Consider the following actions that may be taken up by a school volunteer organization:
Hang a sign on each classroom door saluting, by name, the teacher within;

Have National Honor Society, Student Council or other student groups furnish punch and cookies for the teacher's lounge on Teacher Day;

Give teachers candy, apples or other food gifts with appropriate notes attached (e.g., fortune cookies with a note about how fortunate the school is to have a teacher of such high caliber);

Provide balloon bouquets and flowers for every teachers' lounge;

Set up a lunchtime "Relaxation and Rejuvenation Spa" on Teacher Day, where teachers are treated to hand, foot, back and neck massages, perhaps while being serenaded by a student or parent playing a mellow cello.

**Local Education Association Activities**

The local association affiliate may consider the following items for action among the many ways to celebrate this day:

Wear a button proclaiming your work and your membership in your local, state and national affiliate;

Check out the artwork on the National Teacher Day Web site. Download and use as appropriate;( nea .org)

Sponsor an essay contest on "A Teacher to Remember," where students write about the special teacher who's made the biggest impact on their life. On Teacher Day, award savings bonds to the students and plaques to the teachers commemorated.

Give each teacher a small gift from the association: perhaps a mug or notepad featuring the Teacher Day logo, or a bumper sticker with an appropriate slogan;

If you host a banquet for retiring teachers, or a Teacher of the Year celebration or some other happy event each spring, consider rescheduling it for National Teacher Day;

Buy, for each school library, books portraying teachers in a positive light. Inside each, place a bookplate noting that the book was a National Teacher Day gift from the association;

Make Teacher Day a community service day, identifying one project on which all members can target their energies;

Use Teacher Day as the occasion to say thank you to those in the community who have made teachers' jobs a little easier by volunteering, donating equipment or otherwise helping schools work. Invite them to the classroom or school for recognition.
Media Outreach

**Consider the following to bring the day to the attention of the local media:

Invite a local newspaper reporter or editorial writer, or a local TV news personality, to spend a day as a guest teacher or classroom observer, and then to publish or air his or her observations on what being a teacher is like today;

Suggest that local media outlets either publish or broadcast quick interviews where local citizens -- both well-known and not -- answer one question: what teacher had the greatest influence on your life? This can also make a great topic for a call-in radio show on Teacher Day;

Remind the community that teachers make a difference -- in the classroom and beyond -- by running an ad in the local newspaper on Teacher Day, listing all the local organizations where teachers do volunteer work;

Contact the advertising department of your local newspaper to suggest that they offer special classified ad rates for students and others in the community to "advertise" their appreciation of local teachers on Teacher Day. Ads can be directed to a specific teacher or a whole faculty. Local merchants may also want to purchase space on this special page or spread for a display ad saluting area teachers;

Contact a popular local radio station about the possibility of airing public service announcements to get the word to the public about Teacher Day. Script the spots and offer to record them yourself or have students record them.

***Info. provided by the National Education Association (nea .org)

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DS # 2's school celebrates this every year. Each day of the week, a different grade level provides a potluck lunch for the teachers. PK & K - Monday, 1st grade - Tuesday, etc... DS' school is PK-grade 4.

I'll probably be making King Ranch Chicken Casserole again this year. I first made it when DS # 2 was in K, he is in 4th grade now. I have had requests from the teachers and staff at the school to bring that every year since!

If my son's teacher has duty during the potluck assigned time, I always go sit with the class so that she can go and enjoy herself with her fellow teachers.

My two DS always wait until the last day of school to give their teachers a "Thank You" gift.
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