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Teacher Appreciation Week

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 Teacher Day. The National Education Association (NEA) continued to observe Teacher 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 Teacher Day.


On that week, all room parents have a theme for each day and all parents come together to give food and gifts to the school staff as well as their room teacher.


This is typically coordinated by the Room Parent Coordinator and the Room Parents.


For example,


First: School Wide

Parents contribute food items. The items are dropped off in the office and arranged by a parent volunteer with the help of the office, to be enjoyed by the teachers in the staff room.


Monday - Breakfast

Tuesday  - Popcorn Bar

Wednesday - Lunch  ( Theme could be Mexican, Italian, etc)

Thursday - Dessert Day


Second: Room specific

Every year a message is sent by room parent coordinator giving ideas to parents how they can show their appreciation for the teachers.


Monday - Special Note

Wednesday - Flower day

Friday - Favorite color

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