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By Che’mari Kent, Riverside Brookfield

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is celebrated on Tuesday of the first full week in May. On this day it’s time to say “thank you” to the teachers that helped make you who you are. Let them know that you appreciate them for all that they do.

Teachers play a critical role in shaping us children. In 1944, political and education leaders discussed the need for a national day to honor teachers. In 1953 Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

I’ve created a special bond with mostly all of my teachers throughout the years. This year, I’ll like to dedicate this day to my favorite teacher, my chemistry teacher Mrs. Hughes. This year I’ve grown so close with her that I know I could talk to her about any and everything. Although we argue every five minutes and she gets on my nerves every other day I wouldn’t trade the bond we share for anything in the world. I go in her class every class period, before and after school and I think that’s why we argue so much because we see each other all day. I always have a story to tell her when we come back to school from the weekends. She’s not only my favorite teacher, she’s like a second mother and I love her for that. She’s always there when I need her and she tells me what I need to hear whether I like it or not. She always listens to my crazy stories and gives me advice when  needed. She always guides me on the right path when I seem to be falling off. I think if I didn’t bond with her, my sophomore year would’ve been totally different. She talked me out of a lot of situations that I knew I would’ve regretted later on. So I want to say Mrs. Hughes, I might not say or show it as much, but I really do love and appreciate you and everything you’ve done for me this year! You will always be one of my favorite teachers. Although I won’t be attending RB next year , I’ll make sure I come visit you!

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