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TUESDAY, MAY 7: NATIONAL TEACHER DAYProfile America —
Tuesday, May 7th.
Before the school year draws to a close and summer vacation takes over, it's time to say thanks to America's teachers. Today is National Teacher Day, part of PTA-Teacher Appreciation Week. The goal is to honor the dedication and valuable contributions teachers make to the rest of their students' lives. The idea goes back to 1944, when
Mattye Woodridge of
Arkansas began lobbying for a day to honor teachers. With the help of
Eleanor Roosevelt, the first National Teacher Day was held in 1953. Now, there are more than 58 million students enrolled in kindergarten and nursery schools up through high schools across the country, guided by more than 3.3 million teachers. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Census Bureau, School Enrollment, All Races
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at
http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau