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Teachers Day: A Little “Thank You” Goes a Long Way

May 6, 2008

Boise, ID – Mind your manners, just like you mind your teachers, and say "thank you." From a simple "thanks" to a giant card, students and parents in Idaho and across the country are being encouraged to let teachers know how much they are appreciated. Today is "National Teacher Day," and Idaho Education Association President Sherri Wood says many in her profession work from dawn until dusk, as they prepare for classes, grade papers and, of course, spend time in the classroom. A little gratitude, she adds, goes a long way.

"Teachers appreciate that, it's nice to know that what they do every day, and what they've dedicated their lives to, makes a difference for the families and the students that they have in their classroom."

James Martinez with the National Parent-Teacher Association says teachers perform a vital job, and National Teacher Day is an important reminder that others should take notice.

"Every year, teachers are asked to do more and more with less and less. So it's important that parents get involved in their child's education, to help those teachers, and to thank those teachers for the work that they do, every single day."

On a larger scale, a national project is collecting messages of thanks from around the country, as part of an effort to make a card for teachers that's a whopping 50 feet wide. Learn more about it and share your own message online, at www.teacherthankyoucard.org.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - ID