Honoring teachers may not be your favorite holiday ever, but teachers certainly deserve it. National Teacher’s Day is celebrated every Tuesday of the first full week of May. This year it fell on May 5 and teachers were served free ice cream sundaes by the principal and vice principals.
“My favorite part of National Teacher’s Day, aside from the ice cream sundaes that we had at school, would be free Chipotle. If you take your teacher ID to Chipotle they will give you a free burrito!” said Ms. McGinnis, a Latin teacher here on campus.
According to the National Education Association, the origins of this day are a bit murky. It was around 1944 that a teacher in Arkansas began to bring up the idea with political and educational leaders. This teacher, named Mattye Whyte Woodridge, wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. NEA continued to campaign Congress to celebrate teachers on a national level. On March 7, 1980 Congress declared National Teacher’s Day for that year only. NEA continued to observe this holiday in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.
Whether you may see it or not, teachers play a huge role in your life. They can change the way you think and perceive the world around you. Many famous people today credit their success to their mentors, who saw the best in them and showed them the way.
You may have missed this important day this year, but don’t worry, there is also a World Teacher’s Day on October 5.