Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Sixty-six years ago, in 1953, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was inspired by teachers already advocating for an appreciation day, hoped to persuade the 81st Congress to establish a day to recognize and celebrate the efforts of teachers in the U.S.

Teachers had been lobbying since the early 1940s with education and political leaders to proclaim a national day to honor teachers. However, National Teacher Day was not officially declared by Congress until March 7, 1980, after a big push by the National Education Association. By 1984, the National Parent Teacher Association designated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teachers go above and beyond every day to ensure the success of their students. Teachers inspire greatness, teach life lessons, fuel us with passions, and love us unconditionally. They give freely of their time, effort, knowledge and personal space. Society sets expectations for teachers at an almost impossibly high standard, and yet they not only meet those standards but exceed them. So, take this week to #ThankATeacher and other professionals who graciously take on the responsibility to educate our youth.

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Author Anna Strickland

Anna Strickland

Considering herself a life-long learner, Anna is a former high school teacher who joined the Educational Programs department in 2016 at Santee Cooper. She is a graduate of Campbell University where she majored in history and education. Also, she earned a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Anna is passionate about education and community volunteerism. She serves as the Chair of SC Department of Commerce’s Waccamaw Regional Workforce Advisory Board and is a member of Coastal Carolina University’s Women in Philanthropy and Leadership.