Sample Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: [Insert contact name]
[Insert phone number]
[INSERT ORGANIZATION NAME] JOINS IN NATIONWIDE
AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK CELEBRATION
[Insert City, State] — To raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education, [insert organization name] is hosting [insert activity] as part of the National Education Association's 89th annual American Education Week celebration, November 14—20, 2010.
[Insert organization name] will [insert activity details]. These activities will be part of a nationwide effort to draw attention to American Education Week's tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibililty." 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.
According to [name/title], "By hosting [insert activity] we will be joining millions of Americans nationwide in NEA's American Education Week celebration by spreading the word about the important role of great public schools in the lives of students.
[Insert a paragraph with additional details and highlights of your AEW celebration.]
[Insert organization's name]'s activities are in partnership with NEA, the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.
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 that 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:
- Monday, November 15: Open House Day. From national commemorations to local events, Americans will celebrate public education.
- Tuesday, November 16: Parents Day. Schools will invite parents into the classroom for a firsthand look at what the school day is like for their children.
- Wednesday, November 17: Education Support Professionals Day. Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
- Thursday, November 18: Educator for a Day. Community leaders will be invited to experience the day as educators and to experience the challenges of teaching and the needs of students.
- Friday, November 19: Substitute Educators Day. This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.
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.
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