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Sample ESP Day Press Release

For Immediate Release
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Contact: [Insert contact name]
[Insert phone number]

[INSERT ORGANIZATION NAME] HOSTS "ESP DAY" EVENT
Event is Part of the National Education Association's
Nationwide American Education Week Celebration

[Insert City, State] — To recognize and honor the more than 2.9 million education support professionals providing services such as clerical and administrative support, transportation, food planning, nursing and health, security and technical support, today the National Education Association and its 3 million members are celebrating Education Support Professionals Day. The celebration is part of NEA's 92nd annual American Education Week taking place November 18-22. 2013.

Education Support Professionals Day will help draw attention to AEW's tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." The tagline represents NEA's vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century.

"By participating in Education Support Professionals Day, we will be joining millions of people nationwide in celebrating the hard work, dedication and invaluable services our education support professionals provide," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "They are unsung heroes who drive our students to school, help them cross the street, provide them with nutritious meals, serve as partners in educating our children and keep school buildings safe, operational and clean."

Education support professionals include the following:

Education Support Professionals Day was first celebrated in 1987 after NEA's Representative Assembly, the Association's annual convention of nearly 10,000 member delegates, called for the creation of a way to honor contributions of school support staff. Today's support professionals provide services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments. Education Support Professionals Day is observed on Wednesday during American Education Week.

About American Education Week

NEA's American Education Week presents all Americans with an opportunity to honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration spotlights the different people who are critical in building great public schools for the nation's 50 million K-12 students. American Education Week’s celebration days include:

To help plan and promote American Education Week's celebration days, NEA is offering an online toolkit, complete with promotional materials, activity ideas, and downloadable templates. For more information on American Education Week and to download material from the toolkit, visit www.nea.org/aew.