Education plays a larger role in our lives than ever before and for that we can thank teachers.
This week is the perfect time to do exactly that. The first week in May is National Teacher Appreciation Week, with Tuesday, May 5 being National Teacher Day.
Back in the 1950s, Eleanor Roosevelt asked Congress to set aside a day to honor teachers. However, it took until 1980 before National Teacher Day gained official distinction, and it was celebrated in March.
Four years later the National Parent Teacher Association picked the first week in May to be National Teacher Appreciation Week, prompting the National Education Association to move National Teachers' Day to the Tuesday of that week.
Forty nine states honor and thank teachers this week. Massachusetts teachers will have to wait one more month. They celebrate Teachers' Day on the first Sunday of June. Hey, at least teachers in Massachusetts get that day off.
Believe it or not, there is also a World Teachers' Day, which was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It's celebrated on October 5.
If you get the opportunity, drop a little gift for a teacher in your child's lunch. With the year coming to an end, at least one teacher has certainly earned it.
Should you want to show a little more gratitude, visit the Care To Click Shopping Mall, where you can compare prices and save on all kinds of gifts, including a bouquet of spring flowers, a box of chocolate candies or an Apple iPad. A portion of the price of purchases made via the Care To Click Education Shopping Mall goes to support educational causes.
And don't forget to visit the Care To Click Education page to donate your daily free click, tweet and Facebook post. At CareToClick.com your small actions prompt our donations to organizations promoting education.