Thank a Teacher Day, December 17th, 2012

In light of the tragedy in Newtown, CT I have been trying to figure out what is the best thing to do here on this site.

I don’t feel it’s appropriate to talk about security, gun laws, mental illness and media coverage here. We’ve done that in the past and it just doesn’t seem to do anything. Laws haven’t been changed, media will still speculate vs. stating facts, schools are already working so hard to protect our children and mental illness, well that’s a whole ‘nother animal.

If you wish to discuss these topics, I will direct you to our forums. That is a more appropriate place to have these conversations than can tend to get emotional or heated.

Instead of debating, questioning, posting links to donations, spreading political agenda’s, etc. We will be supporting the victims and families in a different way. By appreciating and thanking the teachers who protect our kids every day. We are partnering with many other bloggers and websites to help host Thank a Teacher day, tomorrow, December 17, 2012.

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On Monday, December 17, 2012, take a moment and thank a teacher. Send her an email, a card, a bouquet of flowers. Create a “thank you” bulletin board. Offer to help from home. Make time to volunteer in the classroom.

Take a few minutes in your day and connect with your favorite teacher, or your child’s teacher. It’s simple; just tell him or her “thank you.”

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There is so much more to being a teacher than just the curriculum. They are the ones on the front lines, to help protect your children and help shape them into the adults they will become.

Let’s all stop the 24/7 media coverage, signing petitions and sharing facebook photos of those slain, and do something immediate and positive. Thanking your child’s teachers.

If you have a blog or are in the media, please visit http://julieverse.com/thank-a-teacher-day-december-17-2012 for more information on how you can participate.

Emily

Fueled by coffee and wine. Wife to a doc, mom to three boys (one with Autism), a puppy and a tortoise. I knit, I get crafty, I tweet.

Comments

  1. Jen @ BigBinder says

    I didn’t see this until just now, but was at my kids’ school today and thanked everyone – the secretary who hassles people about not having ID on them to get a visitor badge, the principal who I have had some tense conversations with trying to get and IEP/504 for my son, the teachers – even the art teacher – and thanked them so, so sincerely. I had tears in my eyes when I did it but I genuinely believe that in the same situation, they would have done the same thing to protect my kids as the teachers at Sandy Hook did. And it might have worked; or it might not – but I know they would do everything they could and THAT is worth being thanked for.

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