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PRESS RELEASE

May 07, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Florida Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Charlie Crist and Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg today announced that Teacher Appreciation Week will be held statewide May 6-12, 2007. Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Commissioner Blomberg, State Board of Education Member Donna Callaway, State Board of Education Member Phoebe Raulerson 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.

“Teacher Appreciation Week recognizes educators across the state for their ability to positively impact the lives of our children,” said Governor Crist. “The year round commitment of our teachers to their students is exemplified during this week long celebration.”

In addition, businesses throughout the state are offering special deals and discounts to Florida's teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, as well as throughout the year. Please visit www.fldoe.org/JustForTeachers/ for more information.

"Florida teachers are some of the most dedicated and caring individuals in the state," said Commissioner Blomberg. "They work tirelessly to give our children the tools they need to succeed and should be commended for their extraordinary efforts.”

Each celebration venue will have events including pep rallies, student performances and comments by representatives of the Department of Education, as well as local education officials.

Regional events and locations:

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

11:00 a.m.
Polk County
George Jenkins High School
Lakeland
In attendance: Department of Education Ambassador Rian Meadows

1:30 p.m.
Jefferson County
Howard Middle School
Monticello
In attendance: Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg, State Board of Education Member Donna Callaway and Deputy Chancellor Pam Smith

1:30 p.m.
Okeechobee County
Central Elementary School
Okeechobee
In attendance: State Board of Education Member Phoebe Raulerson

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

9:45 a.m.
Hendry County
Eastside Elementary School
Clewiston
In attendance: Office for Math and Science Executive Director Mary Jane Tappen

12:30 p.m.
Lake County
Mt. Dora High School
Mt. Dora
In attendance: Just Read, Florida! Executive Director Dr. Evan Lefsky

Thursday, May 10, 2007

9:30 a.m.
Lee County
North Ft. Myers High School
North Ft. Myers
In attendance: Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp

10:30 a.m.
Broward County
Northeast High School
Oakland Park
In attendance: Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg

Friday, May 11, 2007

10:00 a.m.
Miami-Dade
New World School of the Arts
Miami
In attendance: Chancellor of K-12 Public Schools Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke

Parents and students who would like ideas on how to show their appreciation to a special teacher should visit www.fldoe.org/JustForTeachers/.