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It’s National Teachers Day!

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."

"Your heart is slightly larger than the average human heart, but that's because you're a teacher." "Teachers can change lives with the right mix of chalk and challenges."

"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” Unknown

These a just a few quotes that express the value of the amazing individuals who choose to be teachers in our society. Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teachers’ Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teachers’ Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when 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 Teachers’ Day.

My Mother was a Teacher. It was a dream she had all her life. My Mother was very intelligent, driven and she was one of the strongest people I’ve ever known. She received her Master’s degree at 58 years of age and lived her dream of becoming a Teacher. It was amazing to watch her have a positive impact on her students.

I think it takes a unique person to be a Teacher, besides education, it takes love of children but also the genuine love of teaching. There are many teachers in this world, Jesus was a teacher, a loving one. Parents are teachers, “Informal Teachers” if you will. Our parents guide us, protect us and also lovingly taught us the ways of the world. But, no matter where we are in life, a teacher influenced us.

Here are a few ways to celebrate National Teacher’s Day:

  • Refill their supplies: Help them stock their classrooms and cabinets with teaching supplies.

  • Send a plate of goodies to school with your child for their teacher

  • Write a letter to a teacher showing his/her the impact they’ve made in your life.

  • Add a gift card to the note to a local restaurant or some movie tickets

  • Volunteer in your child's school or a local school in your community.

  • Write a letter to the Editor of your local newspaper honoring teachers in your school district.

My favorite teacher gave me one of the best gifts of all...believing in myself and the confidence that I can pursue and achieve my dreams.


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