Monday, May 07, 2007

NEA and PTA Launch Teacher Thank You Card

WASHINGTON D.C. — As part of the NEA's National Teacher Day celebration (May 8) and PTA's Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-12), the two associations are partnering to build the "Nation's Largest Teacher Thank You Card."

Thousands of individual thank you cards from people across the nation — including actors, athletes, musicians, television personalities, politicians, and notable public figures — will be compiled for inclusion in one gigantic card. According to the two groups, the "Nation's Largest Teacher Thank You Card" will serve as a public tribute to teachers and recognize the hard work and dedication that goes into teaching.

Anyone can participate. From May 7 through Dec. 28, 2007, people can send a thank you e-card through A Tribute of Thanks to Teachers or mail a thank you card to: The Nation's Largest Teacher Thank You Card, c/o NEA/PTA, P.O. Box 66458, Washington, D.C. 20035. The cards collected will be merged into a single oversized card that will travel to major cities and events in 2008.

"Teachers, in partnership with parents and families, truly make a positive impact on student success," said PTA National President Anna Weselak. "PTA and its 6 million members will be getting school communities nationwide excited about this huge project to show teachers the appreciation they so richly deserve."

The idea came after more than 2,500 teachers participated in NEA's Teacher Gift online poll, conducted in March and April 2007. The poll asked teachers what gift they would most like to receive from their students/classrooms.

Respondents overwhelmingly chose "hearing the words thank you/receiving a thank you card" (48 percent). Receiving a spa or other gift certificate came in second (30 percent), followed by an appreciation breakfast or lunch (15 percent), flowers or a plant (6 percent), and an apple (1 percent).

National Teacher Day came into being through the leadership and persistence of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1953, she persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim May 7 that year as National Teacher Day. The PTA took Roosevelt's idea and dedicated a week to celebrate the accomplishments of educators. For more information, visit the PTA.

The Thank You Card serves as a thoughtful reminder how easy it is thank people for their dedication and service. While this one is delivered a grand scale, there is no question that simple acts of gratitude can go a long way. The idea that anyone can add their thanks to the card makes it especially unique.

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