Teachers' Appreciation Day Facts

Teachers' Appreciation Day Facts
Teachers' Appreciation Day, or Teacher's Day as it is sometimes called, is celebrated in various countries around the world as a way to pay tribute to the contribution made by teachers to their children. In the United States Teachers' Appreciation Day falls on the Tuesday during Teacher Appreciation Week - the first full week in May each year. Although the true origins of Teachers' Appreciation Day in the United States are debatable, it is believed to have begun in 1944 when a teacher in Wisconsin began suggesting the idea to educational and political leaders. In 1953 Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the U.S. Congress to proclaim National Teacher Day that year.
Interesting Teachers' Appreciation Day Facts:
Mattye Whyte Woodridge was the teacher who wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt suggesting that Teachers' Appreciation Day be established.
Mattye Woodridge's efforts combined with Eleanor Roosevelt's persuasion resulted in a National Teacher Day in 1953.
March 7th, 1980 was also declared National Teacher Day by Congress for that year alone.
Teachers' Appreciation Day is a day for students, parents, and others to pay tribute to teachers for their contributions. Some give teachers small tokens of appreciation while others make big gestures to show their appreciation.
Some students send teachers a card, a letter of appreciation, photo books, scrapbooks, and even billboard thank you signs to celebrate Teachers' Appreciation Day.
Some teachers are surprised with visits from former students, luncheons, awards, gifts, flowers, cake, gift certificates, and gift baskets.
In Afghanistan Teacher's Day is October 5th. Students have a holiday but many show up at school to spend the day celebrating with their teachers.
In Argentina Teacher's Day is September 11th to honor Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, the seventh president of Argentina, who championed education in the country. He died on September 11th, 1888.
Bhutan celebrates Teachers' Day on May 2nd to commemorate the birth of its third king, who was responsible for introducing education to the country.
In China Teacher's Day is September 10th. People have petitioned to have it moved to Confucius' birthday on September 28th, the same day as Taiwan celebrates their teachers.
El Salvador celebrates June 22, Teachers' Day, as a national holiday.
Some of the additional countries that celebrate Teachers' Day include Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Venezuela, and Yemen, among others.
October 5th is Teachers' Day in 20 countries. February 28th is Teachers' Day in 11 countries.
In India it is common for its well respected teachers to receive small crystal Taj Mahal replicas on Teacher's Day, which falls on September 5th each year. September 5th was also the birthdate of a former president in India who was important to education in the country.
Until 1985 Teachers' Day in the United States was celebrated in March. In 1985 it was changed to the month of May by the National Education Association Assembly.

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