Minnesotans urged to support teachers on May 3Minnesotans will have a unique opportunity to show support for their local educators on National Teacher Day, next Tuesday, May 3.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
Minnesotans will have a unique opportunity to show support for their local educators on National Teacher Day, next Tuesday, May 3.
Education Minnesota is encouraging all Minnesotans to go online to iraisemyhand.com on National Teacher Day and make a pledge to help schools and students.
“We all know that providing our children with a great education is a shared responsibility,” said Tom Dooher, president of Education Minnesota. “These pledges are a way for teachers and other educators to demonstrate the passion and the energy they bring to our classrooms every day. And they’re also another way for parents, relatives and every other Minnesotan to pledge their support for strong public schools,” Dooher said.
Participants are encouraged to share their pledges and encourage others to join in. On National Teacher Day, thousands of communities nationwide honor their local educators. Students or former students often send notes or make calls to teachers who made a difference in their lives.
The origins of National Teacher Day are believed to date to 1953, when Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize the contributions teachers make to society. The modern event began in 1985, when the National Education Association designated Tuesday of the first full week of May as National Teacher Day.
About Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota represents 70,000 professionals working together for excellence in education for all students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and educational support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO. More information about Education Minnesota is available at www.educationminnesota.org.