According to National Education Association website, “the origin of National Teacher Day is murky. Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge 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 to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only. NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.”
At the NEA’s website you will find many useful tools you can use to celebrate and honor the teacher(s) that have made an impact on you and your community. Apples For The Teacher is a fun website for kids and offers fun games and activities to use in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. This year, National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Appreciation Day will fall on May 6 – May 10, 2013 and Tuesday, May 7, 2013 respectively, so plan ahead. But with the end of the school year approaching, you don’t need to wait and you don’t need to spend a lot of money. View our delightful selection of Personalized Chocolate designed just for Teacher Appreciation Day anytime.