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Tell a Teacher Thank You with a Hashtag

A national teachers union is promoting Teacher Appreciation Day on social media.


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Screen grab of the #ThankATeacher activity on Twitter.

Think of a person from school who made a difference in your life. Maybe it was in elementary school, high school or even college.

Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, says it’s time to tell them thank you.

“Reach out to them: Twitter, Facebook, email, letter, phone call. Just reach out and say thank you. And I can tell you as a classroom teacher for 23 years, there’s nothing more valuable than when you hear from a former student who says thank you.”

May 6 is National Teacher Appreciation Day.

The event is being promoted by the NEA, one of the national teachers unions.

Former and current students can use the hashtag #ThankATeacher on social media to give their shout out.

Van Roekel says he hopes the day accomplishes a bigger goal – that it will inspire others to join the teaching profession.

“Young people, with all of this conversation about teachers and teaching, will say maybe that’s the profession for me. It is a demanding one, there are many challenges, but there are also rewards. So I hope they hear that and they say, ‘Yep I’m one of the best, I’m one of most committed, passionate people and with training, I, too, can make a difference in the lives of students.'”

Van Roekel says people can also honor others who work in schools and help children like bus drivers and cafeteria workers.

In Texas, there are more than 300,000 teachers in public schools.


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