Teach, Dream, Inspire, Motivate, Create
Teach, Dream, Inspire, Motivate, Create

NEW YORK, Apr 13, 2009 / FW/ — An online poll by the National Education Association revealed that 48% of teachers who were asked the question what kind of gift would most make them feel appreciated answered that a simple “thank you” would be enough.

With the first full week of May, considered as Teacher Appreciation Week fast approaching and May 5th as National Teacher Day, don’t forget to tell your favorite mentor “Thank you!”

Say it with élan with Carolee LUX’s Sterling Silver Teacher Bangle. With wordings like “When I teach I am the best of who I am.” – Anisha Lakhani and “Teach, Dream, Inspire, Motivate, Create”, are fitting sentiments for those who have dedicated their lives to educate.

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When I teach I am the best of who I am - Anisha Lakhani
When I teach I am the best of who I am - Anisha Lakhani

Though we have been celebrating National Teacher Day for the past 50 years, its origins are murky. According to the National Education Association, it was around 1944 when Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodbridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

Celebrated on the Tuesday of the first full week of May, the actual date varies each year.

Photos courtesy of Carolee

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