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Teacher Appreciation Week matters more now than ever


Teacher Appreciation Week is this week, and as someone who taught for over 20 years, I need to let you in on a little secret. Teachers desperately miss their kids. Today, some of my former students are doctors and diesel mechanics. Some are teachers and coaches themselves. And some are 30-year-old, minivan-driving special forces veterans, but they all know they’re still my kids. Whether I taught, coached, or mentored them in homeroom, each of my former students is still one of my crew, no matter how much time has passed. And I miss each of them. 

My guess is that you have a teacher out there who feels the same way about you. And if you have kids, there’s a teacher out there who misses them right now, too.

In honor of our amazing teachers, AFFT is doing our part to share our appreciation for teachers who’ve made a positive impact in our lives and in the lives of our kids. As we all know, this school year has been far from normal, and while many teachers have seamlessly pivoted to new platforms and online interaction, it’s an understatement to call these past few months challenging. To that end, we’re providing a little Teacher Appreciation Week toolkit to help you share the love for those who’ve dedicated their lives to teaching and mentoring kids.

AFFT is sharing 2 ways you can celebrate and support the teachers in your life: special coloring sheets for your kids and a special frame for your Facebook profile picture to show your support for teachers.

Regardless of how you show your appreciation this week, I’d encourage you all to send a quick “thank-you” to a few of the teachers in your life. 

Keith Williams is the Pennsylvania Director of Americans for Fair Treatment.

Photo courtesy of Keith Williams.

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