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Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation DayCelebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, say thank you

They guide us, they inspire us, they teach us, and today, on National Teacher Appreciation Day, we get to tell them how much they mean to us. Although, in our opinion, every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day, Central Asia Institute would like to take a moment to thank hardworking teachers, near and far.

In the United States, the first full week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week and the Tuesday of that week is recognized as National Teacher Appreciation Day. Though origins of the holidays are unclear, most accounts claim a teacher from either Arkansas or Wisconsin contacted Eleanor Roosevelt asking her to persuade Congress to set aside a day of recognition. She did, and in 1953 Congress created National Teacher Appreciation Day. However, it wasn’t until 1984 that the National Parent Teacher Association designated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week, and Teachers’ Day was moved from March to the Tuesday of that week.

All over the world teachers are recognized for their hard work and dedication. In Afghanistan and Pakistan schools celebrate Teachers’ Day in October by gathering at school with traditional food, cookies, music, and presents for the teacher. Whether you celebrate Teachers’ Day in October or May, it is an important day to say thank you to a teacher who inspired you.

Honor a special teacher in your life by:

  • Sharing a story on the CAI or Pennies for Peace Facebook page about how they inspired you to dream big and broadened your horizons.
  • Making a donation in their name to Pennies for Peace, a service learning program that benefits students and teachers overseas. Simply fill out the “Gift Tribute” section and you will be able to send a card letting the teacher know what you’ve done.

Today is a day of honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. We hope you’ll join us in saying thank you.

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge” – Albert Einstein

– Alanna Brown, Pennies for Peace program manager