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Posted: May 5, 2020

Thank a Hero: Celebrating Teacher, Nurse, and Public Service Appreciation Week

Our educators, healthcare workers, and public employees have become the real heroes of this pandemic.

This week we celebrate:

As noted by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers:

  • "Teachers turned on a dime to remotely keep their students engaged and safe at home, and at the same time are staging parades past their students’ homes and serenading their classes over Zoom. 
  • Public employees are keeping communities safe during the pandemic, keeping essential services running, and doing things like COVID-19 testing and wellness checks.
  • School food service workers and bus drivers are literally a lifeline for students, providing meals so kids don’t go hungry.
  • And then there are our nurses and healthcare professionals who are putting their lives on the line working as caretakers—not just healing patients but providing bedside comfort that patients’ families can’t provide during the pandemic.

People go into these professions knowing that they won’t see their name in lights or make a fortune -- but knowing that they will make a difference in people’s lives. They do their jobs every day without fanfare or asking for thanks. In ordinary times, we should thank them; in these extraordinary times, there are no words for the depth of our gratitude."

In tribute to these workers, ATF is sponsoring Thank a Hero Sweepstakes

You can nominate a hero of your choice to win a free dinner or books by sending a video, image or message that includes your thanks; or you can nominate yourself by sending a message to your students or community about how you miss them.