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PRESS RELEASE

May 3, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Florida Department of Education Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced that Teacher Appreciation Week will be held statewide May 7-13, 2006. Florida State Board of Education Member Donna Callaway, Commissioner Winn and K-12 Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke will participate in celebrations around the state to show appreciation for Florida's more than 180,000 teachers.

"Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do and this is the ideal time to recognize the contributions Florida educators have made to our state," said Commissioner Winn. "Earlier this week, we announced record levels of third graders reading and demonstrating math skills at or above grade level. This is a testament to the tremendous efforts of our teachers. I encourage everyone to take a moment to thank a special teacher."

In addition, the Florida Education Foundation has partnered with businesses throughout the state to offer special deals and discounts to Florida's teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, as well as throughout the year. Some of the offers include promotions from Macy's, Wet and Wild, Rack Room Shoes, Medieval Times, Wannado City, Bealls and Borders Books.

At each celebration venue, events will include pep rallies, student performances and speeches by representatives of the Department of Education, as well as local education officials.

Regional events and locations:

Monday, May 8, 2006
Tallahassee
9:00 am
Elizabeth Cobb Middle School
915 Hillcrest Street, 32308
(850) 488-3364
In attendance:
Commissioner John Winn
Leon County Superintendent Bill Montford

Monday, May 8, 2006
Tallahassee
10:30 am
Raa Middle School
401 W Tharpe Street, 32303
(850) 488-6287
In attendance:
State Board Member Donna Callaway

Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Jensen Beach
2:15 pm
Jensen Beach High School
2875 NW Goldenrod Road, 34957
(772) 232-3500
In attendance:
Deputy Chancellor Pam Stewart

Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Coral Gables
9:00 am
George Washington Carver Elementary School
238 Grand Avenue, 33133
(305) 443-5286
In attendance:
Just Read, Florida! Director Mary Laura Openshaw

Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tampa
11:00 am
Twin Lakes Elementary
8507 N Habana Avenue, 33614
(813) 975-7380
In attendance:
Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke

Thursday, May 11, 2006
Jacksonville
9:00 am
Beauclerc Elementary School
4555 Craven Rd West, 32257
(904) 739-5226
In attendance:
Governor's Teacher in Residence Sharon Burnette
Duval County Region 5 Superintendent Elaine Mann
Duval County Region 5 Director Donna Hulsey
Duval County District 3 School Board Member Kris Barnes

Friday, May 12, 2006
Winter Garden
1:00 pm
Lakeview Middle School
1200 W Bay Street, 34787
(407) 877-5010
In attendance:
Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke
Orange County School Board Member Jim Martin
Area Superintendent Jenny Reeves

The complete listing of business partners and offers can be found at the Florida Education Foundation website: http://www.floridaeducationfoundation.org/taweek.cfm. For parents and students who would like ideas for showing their appreciation to a special teacher, suggestions can be found at: www.fldoe.org.