Teaching is one of the most important jobs in any country. In the United States, teachers are often overworked, underpaid, and expected to supplement the limited resources provided by a school with their own money. My memories of activism begin at 8 years old, in a picket line at the Orange Unified School District offices with my family and the teachers from my elementary school. Education is the most important tool we have in this country and it's critical to show our support and appreciation for the people shaping our future--teachers.
With the US education system experiencing unprecedented uncertainty, it is more important than ever to thank teachers, luckily for us Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2017, making it easy to get involved!
We can’t wait to #ThankATeacher with you! The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) selects a theme each year, this year’s theme is “Teachers Deliver.” And they do! Teachers deliver so much to students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 8-12, 2017, we would like to celebrate teachers and deliver our thanks and gratitude to them.
- Consider donating classroom supplies or gift cards (think Staples, Target, etc) to a teacher you love.
- Reach out to your local school district and ask how you can donate your time. Many school districts have community members volunteer as recess supervisors; with end-of-year supply organizing; or for programs like career day.
- Find an Education organization to donate your time or money to:
Get informed, read Ben Kim's Couch Activism Book Club post, "Introduction to Issues in Educational Justice."