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Your Guide to Celebrating Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in the first full week of May each year. In 2021, it falls during the week of May 3–7, with National Teacher Day on May 4.

What Is It?

National Teacher Day (and Week) is a day of honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to students’ lives.

How Did It Start?

The day has a unique, albeit somewhat vague, origin story but supposedly, an Arkansas teacher in 1944 named Mattye Whyte Woodridge began campaigning for an official day to honor the work and impact of teachers by sending letters to politicians and advocates of education. Soon, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt felt a call to the cause.

In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt played a pivotal role in persuading Congress that there needed to be an official day that recognized teachers. And while she was successful, it wasn’t until 1980 when the lobbying efforts of the National Education Association (NEA) resulted in an official National Teacher Day.

How Do I Celebrate?

Our long-time friend and partner, Kris Murray with the Child Care Success Company has compiled 74 Fun and Festive Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

From sweets and treats to gifts and activities, this report is jam-packed with creative ideas that will leave you inspired and excited to continue showing your teachers some extra love long after Teacher Appreciation Week is over! There’s plenty of ideas that will fit every budget, no matter how big or small; remember, it’s the thought and effort that makes lasting impressions, not the dollar amount spent.

Download your free copy of the guide here.


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