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Ideas for Participating in National Teacher Day

Male teacher with elementary students 

Show your appreciation of our nation's teachers on Tuesday, May 5.

With schools closed across the country, celebrating our teachers will be a little more challenging this year, but not impossible. Here are some ways to show your support from your home:

  • Write a thank you letter to the public school teachers in your district.
  • Post a photo and/or a message of gratitude to a teacher who inspired you. Be sure to use our #thankAteacher hashtag so we can cross promote.
  • Send a former teacher or a special teacher in your life a takeout meal (just let them know first!)
  • Host a town hall meeting with teachers and parents.
  • Post on your congressional website the activities you are doing to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week/Day.
  • Share your appreciation on your social media accounts or share our daily graphics.
  • Take our pledge to support teachers and public schools (link coming soon!)

Help Us Spread the Word on Social Media!

Join us in saying “Thank You” by sharing one of the following on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020:

  • A picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present;
  • A picture of your child with his or her teacher;
  • A picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a simple message saying Thank You to a teacher and why you’re thanking him or her.
  • Use the hashtag #ThankATeacher when sharing.
  • Update your Facebook status.

You can use “It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you [INSERT TEACHER NAME] for making a difference in my life.” Or, write your own personal message.

Check out our Pinterest boards and repin/share our pins!

Share the National PTA Teacher Appreciation Toolkit.

Join our #thankateacher conversation to raise awareness about the vital role teachers play in the lives of students. Here are a few sample tweets you can use:

  • If you can write your name, #thankateacher
  • If you followed your dreams, #thankateacher
  • If you can read, #thankateacher
  • If you can speak a second language, #thankateacher
  • If you think outside the box, #thankateacher
  • If you know how to play fair, #thankateacher

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