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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 9.

  • Visit a local public school and shadow a teacher for a class or simply offer to volunteer in teacher’s classroom.
  • Host a thank you breakfast or afterschool reception for local public school teachers.
  • 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.
  • Take a former teacher or a special teacher in your life out to breakfast, lunch (order in), or dinner.
  • 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.
  • Use our sample tweets and Facebook posts (see below) to join the Teacher Appreciation dialogue on social media.
  • Use our Teacher Appreciation Week Artwork - including poster, web banners and buttons, Pinterest/Facebook/Instagram images and more.  All available for downloading at www.nea.org/teacherday.

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 7-13:
  • 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.

Use our Teacher Week cover image on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

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

Share our co-branded National PTA/NEA 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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