Teacher Appreciation Day Highlights

Below is a list of how other groups and organizations celebrated educators on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 5, 2020. We also compiled a handful of tools and resources for individuals, businesses, organizations and families to recognize all the dedicated educators in Arizona, which you can access here.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

Governor Doug Ducey declared May 5, 2020, Arizona Teacher Appreciation Day to recognize the critical role teachers play in the lives and success of students. He highlighted how Arizona teachers have found innovative and effective ways to engage students and are ensuring continued learning while schools are closed during COVID-19. Watch his video message and view the proclamation here.

MEDIA

Arizona Daily Sun: this daily Flagstaff newspaper will be celebrating local educators in its May 5 print edition. Families and businesses can purchase ad space to show teachers how much they appreciate them and share a special message of gratitude.

OUTFRONT Media: In partnership with the Arizona K12 Center and Expect More Arizona, OUTFRONT Media donated 8 billboard signs across Greater Phoenix from May 5-10, 2020, to celebrate and recognize our state’s amazing educators.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

The Dysart Education Foundation offered a great way for students from Dysart Unified School District in Surprise to thank their teachers! They asked families to fill out an online form and a virtual certificate was emailed to that teacher or staff member.

Globe Unified School District: Teacher (and staff) Appreciation Week – any school employee was invited to go by the local Dairy Queen d (May 4-8, 2020) and get a free ice cream as a “Thank You” gift.

Sierra Vista Unified School District curriculum staff spent time delivering homemade gifts to district teachers who were nominated for the county’s Teacher of the Year event.

Yuma Elementary School District One asked parents to send in short video (:15 seconds or less) messages for teachers to compile into a longer video to send to all it’s educators and staff.

INDIVIDUALS

Many students and families CHALKED THE WALK for Teacher Appreciation Day! You might have spotted these messages while walking along Grand Canal, east of 15th Ave, drawn by one of our team members!

NON-PROFITS

Expect More Arizona: shared this video message of appreciation to ALL Arizona educators and school staff.

Million Dollar Teacher Project coordinated a “take your teacher to lunch” effort to send home a meal to a handful of local educators as a thank you for all their hard work and dedication to their students.

Tucson Values Teachers announced a special edition of its Teacher Excellence Awards and asked students to nominate their outstanding teachers. The awards were handed out in May during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8). Five teachers in Southern Arizona were selected for the award and received $250 cash, a $100 gift card for classroom supplies, a plaque, and flowers.

Read Better Be Better: Their team created Word Clouds for each of the districts they serve with names of teachers as a way to make it very personalized. Additionally, staff members are submitting pictures and videos saying thank you to teachers which they posted on their social media pages during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Scottsdale Parent Council: On Teacher Appreciation Day, SPC shared a message of appreciation to all SUSD teachers with a video and pictures using the hashtag #AZTeachersRock. Families were invited to use this printable sign or make their own, send in a photo or write a message of thanks and then share it with them so they can include it in the video message.

LOCAL BUSINESSES

Bashas’ Supermarkets: Bashas’ Family of Stores (Bashas’, Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods) offered 10% off groceries on Tuesday, May 5 for Teacher Appreciation Day.

International Minute Press (IMP) in Flagstaff: This local printer is helping families and neighbors celebrate by making custom signs to celebrate teachers all over the city. They run about $15 each and can be designed with a specific teacher name, message and school colors.

Sauce Wine & Pizza: offered Arizona teachers 25% off their orders all week long (5/4 through 5/8).