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NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY – Tuesday of the first full week in May

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY – Tuesday of the first full week in May


National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, recognizes the dedicated educators across the country. As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, the celebration takes place on the Tuesday of the first full week in May each year.

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teache

rs and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”  

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country. They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated, and understanding professionals who help mold our children and guide them in positive directions. We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives daily.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TeacherAppreciationDay

It is time to say “Thank You” to the exceptional teachers that you know.  Let teachers past and present know you appreciate them for all that they do. Other ways to show your teachers gratitude by:

  • refilling their supplies
  • writing a letter showing your support
  • asking them what they need the most
  • volunteering in your schools
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Also, visit the National Day Classroom for more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!

You can also download and print this postcard to mail to your teachers. It can be printed double-sided on a 5.5-inch x 4.25-inch cardstock or on one side and cut out. Tell them just how much their hard work means to you.

Use #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersDay to post on social media.


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 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.

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