As the Connecticut General Assembly and Malloy Administration grapple with education reform in an effort to forge a compromise package prior to the end of the regular legislative session at midnight Wednesday, this week will be observed in schools throughout the state and around the country as Teacher Appreciation Week. On Tuesday, May 8, students all across America will show their appreciation by recognizing their teachers, and the impact that teachers have on their future - individually and collectively. As the AFT Connecticut website points out, "teachers – the people who educate us and give us the vital knowledge which we need to live our lives. They encourage, support, discipline and prepare us for the road ahead and now it’s time for us to show them our appreciation."
Schools and school districts around the state are observing the annual appreciation week with a variety of activities, and a number of websites have cropped up, including a national site simply called, thankateachertoday.org The Students First organization is providing students and parents an opportunity to record a message to a teacher, which can be heard on their national website.