How should we show our appreciation to school employees?

There’s a lot of news and information out there already in preparation for May 4-11 designated as National Teacher Appreciation Week when teachers and all school employees are recognized for their contributions to public education.

But has anybody asked you lately how we should show appreciation to you for all the time and effort you put in to make sure students receive a quality education? That communities understand what great work is going on in their schools every day—and not just during school hours? That legislators realize you are not the enemy of public education?

Well, we’re asking you—how should we show appreciation to you as a school employee? What would you want to see happen? What would help “make your day?”

Give us your ideas and suggestions—along with your name, school district and position--and we’ll print them that week. Send the information to MEA Editor, Rosemary Carey, at