by SUMNER HARRELL,
Sunday, November 15th 2020
Teacher & students at Alabama STEM Education in Bessemer are required to wear masks in summer camp classroom. (ABC 33/40)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBMA) — The Alabama State Department of Education announced educators across the state will be honored with ‘Thank Alabama Teachers Week’ beginning Monday, November 16 through Saturday, November 22.
For the special week, individuals and businesses throughout the state are encouraged to express gratitude to the men and women working for students and communities.
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“The challenges presented to Alabama teachers this year are unprecedented, and we want them to know how much they are appreciated and how much we see them and all they are doing,” said Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent of Education.
According to the state department of education, teachers are honored each spring with Teachers Appreciation Week, but due to a challenging year for teachers, the state wanted to provide teachers with extra praise as quickly as possible.
Governor Kay Ivey issued the following proclamation for statewide recognition:
Alabama teachers have been thrust into a reality that none of us could have predicted, however they’ve done so with determination, strength and perseverance. The mounted stresses of today’s classroom along with the new world in which we find ourselves are a heavy brunt to bear, yet we see the resilience and tenacity of our educators across the state daily. Their sacrifices are unlimited and their selflessness immeasurable, and for that, we proudly honor them.
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Some gestures the state suggested included businesses, individuals and influencers offering teacher discounts, posting thanks via organizational and personal social media accounts using #ThankALTeachers, writing teachers thank you letters, gifting teachers with small tokens of appreciation, or donating essential items to local schools.
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