During American Education Week, Nov. 11-17, millions of Americans nationwide will be celebrating public schools. An annual celebration was started in 1921 by efforts between the American Legion and the National Education Association. Too many World War I veterans were illiterate because education was not viewed as a necessity by many communities. In 1938, the PTA joined the efforts to promote public education through this event.
Elected officials, including our legislative delegation, School Board, and County Commissioners and mayors are being invited to volunteer one hour with a teacher in our schools. Hamilton County Education Association, the local TEA/NEA is coordinating the event. Once the official has provided the office with a day and time, a school administrator and teacher will be contacted. Hopefully, this experience will increase respect for teachers and a more realistic understanding of the complexities of 21st century teaching.
Monday, Nov. 12, is the kick-off day for the week of celebration and Veterans’ Day. Tuesday is a day set aside to encourage parents into the school for a first-hand look at their children’s school day. Wednesday, Nov. 14, is Education Support Professionals Day, to honor the individuals who provide invaluable services to schools such as cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, classroom aides, school secretaries and bookkeepers. On Thursday community leaders are encouraged to serve as “educators for a day” and volunteer with a teacher. It is also a great day to send a note thanking your child’s teacher/s. On Friday, substitute educators are recognized. Schools could not function without these employees helping with continuity of learning when the classroom teacher is absent.
Educators strive daily to help students gain skills and knowledge to make their future dreams come true. Let’s support and appreciate their efforts.
Hamilton County Education Association