National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week February 14 – 20, 2010

For the twenty-second consecutive year, Home and School Associations and Parent Councils across Canada are celebrating National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week which will be held February 14-20, 2010. Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week has become established as an annual celebration in support of teachers and other members of the school staff such as school secretaries, school nurses, teachers assistants, guidance counselors, custodians and bus drivers.

National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week was started in 1988 by the Canadian Home and School Federation. It is a way to give parents, grand parents, care givers and others concerned with children and their education the opportunity to join in nation-wide celebrations of support for Canada's schools and their teachers and other staff members.
The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation will honour two teachers and/or school staff with an Extra Mile Award. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify going the extra mile – over and above the call of duty. These individuals will be announced and a presentation made at their respective schools during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.

A National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week page has been developed on the PEI Home and School Federation’s website which provides unique organizational ideas collected from our member associations across PEI. The site includes a planning checklist, and tips on how to involve parents, students and community in celebrations to say thank you to teachers and staff in your school. Go to: “This week we celebrate great people who inspire, encourage, guide and care for our children.” says Bill Whelan, President of the PEI Home and School Federation. “ The outstanding leadership provided by the recipients of the Extra Mile Award is a reflection of the good work of teachers and school staff in PEI’s school system.”