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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 7.

  • 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.

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 6-10:

  • 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