This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “3.7 million people in the United States work as elementary and secondary teachers in public schools.” That is a whole lot of people impacting and helping to shape the future of our nation. Sadly, the National Education Association estimates about 45% of teachers leave the profession in their first five years. Teaching is often a profession that is not appreciated for the impact it has and the hard work that goes in to it.
Teacher Appreciation Day was established to recognize the hard work and dedication teachers put in every year to help students grow. Here is a brief history overview of Teacher Appreciation Day from the National Education Association.
“The origins of National 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. Woodridge 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 to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.
NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.”
Everyone here at Sports World.org would like to express our appreciation for teachers and all other school staff that work hard to help students grow and learn. We are honored to be able to go into schools and encourage positive choices with their students. We may present the message but the teachers and staff are the ones there every day to help reinforce it and for that we would like to say thank you. If you have not taken the time to thank a teacher recently, we encourage you to do so this week. Those small words of encouragement can make all the difference and they surely deserve it.