ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – This week, state Rep. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights, is thanking educators and support staff for all the hard work and dedication they bring to students.
“Every day, teachers impact the lives of millions of students and their families,” Walker said. “This Teacher Appreciation Week, I thank every educator in my district, in our state and in our country for the tireless and phenomenally important work they do. I don’t think we recognize enough the men and women who lend their extraordinary skills and passion to teaching our children.”
Since 1984, one week in May has been designated as Teacher Appreciation Week. Last year, 127,000 teachers taught over 2 million students in 3,888 schools across the state. This year’s Appreciation Week runs from May 6 to May 11.
Walker recognized Teacher Appreciation Week by having his office drop off treat baskets to local schools.
“It’s important that we take this week to give back to our teachers who have already given so much,” Walker said. “It’s also important we remember that a teacher’s impact goes far beyond one week out of the year. Teachers nurture growing talent in our children and play an important role as mentors and role models. For those reasons and many more, it’s crucial we support our teachers in every way possible.”