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For Immediate Release: May 3, 2010
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and South Dakota Secretary of Education Tom Oster is urging residents across the state to celebrate the contributions that South Dakota’s teachers make to the state’s future well-being.

“South Dakota has some of the most talented and dedicated people in front of classrooms,” Oster said. “Their everyday accomplishments deserve to be celebrated, and I am happy to take this opportunity to do so. I hope others across the state will take the time to thank our state’s educators for all they do.”

Teacher Appreciation Week is traditionally observed each year during the first full week in May, and National Teacher Day is observed on Tuesday of that week.

The idea for a nationwide day of appreciation and recognition for teachers began in 1944 when Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge contacted politicians and educational leaders. In 1953, he wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who influenced Congress to create a National Teacher Day.

*Oster (OH’-stur)