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Teacher Appreciation Week Starts
Written by Michael Papich   
Monday, 04 May 2015 15:50

RALEIGH - This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, with National Teacher Day May 5. And Lily Garcia, president of the National Education Association, says the most important reward a teacher can get is a "thank you."

"I cannot tell you how important it is to a teacher, whether that's from pre-school to graduate school, to have someone come up and say, 'You were meaningful to me,'" Garcia says. "'You helped me see something in me that I didn't see in myself."

Garcia says teachers take the job because they want to make a difference in people's lives, even when a lack of funds means they have to buy supplies themselves.

"It might be the only job in the country where you steal things from home and bring them to work," she says. "We don't sometimes have enough in our school budget to buy paper and pencils for our kids so we buy it."

As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, Garcia says her organization is holding a contest over social media.

"Put up a picture of a teacher who meant something to you," she says. "If you don't have a picture, put up a picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with #ThankATeacher."

Posting with enter you into a drawing to win a $100 gift card and Garcia says she hopes people use that to help a teacher buy classroom supplies.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 15:57


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