Get excited because next week is National Teacher’s Week! Around the country, several students will be thanking their teachers for the impact they have on their lives. Teachers are rarely recognized for the dedication and hard work they implement in their classrooms. As educators, they become their students’ doctor, psychologist, caregiver, coach, and much more. The many hats they wear are endless. When we look at our calendars we see days of celebration for moms and dads, so why not teachers?
Before World War II, there was no established day for teachers. In the year “1944, Ryan Krug, a teacher from Wisconsin began talking to educational and political leaders about establishing a day to honor teachers” (Holistory.com). However, the movement started gaining buzz when first lady Eleanor Roosevelt received a letter explaining the importance of having a day recognize the importance of teachers. Eleanor responded by convincing Congress to establish a National Teacher Day. Due to the dedication of its forerunners, we now celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day May 5th, of every year.
To celebrate National Teacher Day, here is a poem for parents to share with their child’s teacher.
Our Children all Need Great Teachers Like You
You once had a choice
And you chose to teach
And every day
It’s our children you reach
You make the difference
In the life of each child
Those that are quiet
And those that are wild
It’s the way that you teach
You do it so well
They look up to you
And think you are swell
You teach from your heart
That’s plain to see
They think you’re divine
And we all agree
Please never forget
And remember it’s true
Our children all need
Great teachers like you
We appreciate you
And we value your time
And if you should forget
Please re-read this rhyme
If you are a parent and are interested in making your child’s teacher feel special next week, here are some other ideas:
- Dinner in a bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/271412315015318750/
- There’s “muffin” like a great teacher bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113434484340326027/
- M & M bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113434484338671221/
- Hang congratulatory or thankful banners on the classroom doors.
- Have the community contribute gifts and gift certificates for teacher gift baskets.
- Write a personal “Thank You” note to special teachers.
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