Legislation designates May 7-11 as Teacher Appreciation Week, coincides with national celebration

LANSING, Mich., May 8, 2018 — Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor) and Rep. Cara Clemente (D–Lincoln Park) today introduced a resolution declaring May 7-11, 2018 as Teacher Appreciation Week in Michigan. The weeklong celebration recognizes teachers and the valuable contributions they make to our schools and society.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in Michigan who doesn’t have an inspirational story about a teacher,” Sen. Hopgood said. “I’m proud to have been able to offer a resolution that reminds students, parents and school principals to say ‘thank you’ to the great teachers of our state who encourage critical thinking and creativity, and who inspire their students to dream big.”

The resolution comes on the same day Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated nationwide, and on the heels of Sen. Hopgood’s release of the TeA+chers for Michigan education plan — the first comprehensive investment in the state’s nearly 100,000 K-12 teachers in more than a decade — and coincides with the senator’s “Thank a Teacher” recognition effort.

The initiative empowers students, families and school staff to identify an inspiring teacher in their district and submit a “Thank a Teacher” form through the TeA+chers for Michigan website. Nominated teachers will be recognized weekly on Sen. Hopgood’s Facebook page through the end of the year.

“After working as a teacher for twenty years, I saw the meaningful impact each and every one of my colleagues had on the lives of Michigan students, often sacrificing their own time and money for the well-being of students,” Rep. Clemente said. “The passion teachers have for their chosen career is inspiring.”

People in the United States started celebrating National Teacher Day in 1953, when Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize educators. Since 1984, the National Parent Teacher Association has designated the entire first week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week, a special time to honor teachers and the lasting contributions they make to students’ lives.