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U.S. education secretary, Congress to thank teachers in unprecedented way

WASHINGTON - May 04, 2009 -

Hundreds of students, teachers to gather on Capitol Hill to unveil ‘NEA’s Teacher Thank-You Project’ on eve of National Teacher Day

In honor of National Teacher Day, the National Education Association is unveiling its “Teacher Thank-You Project,” a larger-than-life mural measuring 8 feet tall and 75 feet wide and featuring thousands of thank-you cards from celebrities, athletes, notable public figures, and individuals from across the nation. 

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, and members of Congress will join students and teachers for a special ceremony to debut the highly anticipated project aimed at publicly thanking teachers for their hard work and dedication to America’s students.

NEA’s Teacher Thank-You Project was created in response to a poll that found the gift teachers would most like to receive is a simple “thank you.”  The project carries a simple message:  Thank a Teacher.  The goal is to keep the mural growing and create the largest public tribute of thanks to teachers nationwide.

Members of the news media can get a special sneak peek of NEA’s Teacher Thank-You Project by visiting

WHAT: NEA’s Teacher Thank-You Project Unveiling Ceremony
WHEN:  10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. EDT, Monday, May 4, 2009

WHERE: Cannon Caucus Room 345 in the Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

WHO: Local public school students and teachers will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, members of Congress and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel among others 

NOTE: Photo identification is necessary to gain access into the Cannon House Office Building.

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.


CONTACT: Staci Maiers, NEA Public Relations (202) 270-5333 (cell),