The Huntington Learning Center of Wellington will join communities, educators, families and many others on May 7 to celebrate National Teacher Day, which honors teachers and the critical role they play to ensure students receive a quality education.
“Here at Huntington, we honor not only our own teachers, who make a difference in the lives of our students and their families, but all teachers in our city, community, state and country,” said Mary Fisher of the Wellington Huntington Learning Center. “Educators stand out as some of the most influential people in children’s lives, and on National Teacher Day we celebrate the work that they do to help our children reach their potential and achieve their dreams.”
How can community members, parents, students and others show their appreciation for the teachers in their lives? Fisher offers several ideas and activities, some of which come from the National Education Association (NEA), which sponsors the annual celebration:
• Upload a video thanking a teacher who made a difference in your life. NEA and Parenting magazine teamed up at www.parenting. com/my-amazing-teacher to encourage people to upload their video stories.
• Send a thank-you letter or card to the NEA’s Teacher Thank-You Project, c/o NEA Public Relations, P.O. Box 66458, Washington, DC 20035. Learn more at www.memberthanks.com.
• Post an appreciation message on Twitter or Facebook, using the hash tag #thankateacher.
• Host an event honoring teachers in your community or at your school. Try something simple such as an ice cream social, luncheon or coffee and donut table outside your place of business.
• Nominate a teacher at www.classroomsuperheros.com.
• Write a letter or note to a teacher who had an impact on your life.
• If you own a retail or restaurant business, give teachers a discount on their purchases on National Teacher Day.
• Hang congratulatory signs in your business or school recognizing teachers and their important work in your community.
National Teacher Day originated around 1944 when Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge reached out to political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day beginning in 1953.
For more information about Huntington Learning Center of Wellington and tips to help your child in school, contact Mary Fisher at (561) 594-1900 or FisherM@hlcmail.com.