The first full week in May, every year since 1984, has been designated as Teacher Appreciation Week by the National PTA, which this year is holding a contest for parents who deliver thank-you letters to teachers May 6-10 (See contest note below).
Signs at schools throughout the Greater Brandon give a nod to this year's appreciation celebration, as PTA volunteers, school administrators, students and parents gear up to recognize teachers who make a difference.
Post your shout-out to teachers in the comment box below. Share with Patch readers your thoughts about a special teacher, past and present, and why they their work and commitment is memorable.
As noted on the National PTA Web site, Teacher Appreciation Week is "a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children." PTA events at the national, state, and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make.
Locally, for example, a Teacher Appreciation Week plant sale is being held at Mulrennan Middle School in Valrico.
Is your school, or PTA organization, holding or hosting a local teacher-appreciation event or initiative? Let us know in the comment box below.
Visit the PTA Web site for more information about Thank a Teacher contest rules and deadlines. The contest is open only to parents in schools with an active PTA, within states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards. States that have not adopted are Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia, according to the PTA Web site.