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Press Release

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Florida Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week
~ Weeklong celebration honors teachers for their dedication to student success ~

TALLAHASSEE — Schools and communities throughout the state are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week in recognition of Florida educators’ commitment to student achievement. Throughout the week, students, parents, state officials and district personnel will participate in events across the state to show appreciation for Florida's more than 170,000 teachers and highlight their efforts to provide a high-quality education for children.

“Florida’s educators are the prime reason our students have made incredible gains and earned our state’s public education system national recognition,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “I encourage all Floridians to thank teachers for their work and pay tribute to the many contributions they have made to improving the lives of our children.”

The Department of Education (DOE) is hosting Teacher Appreciation Week celebrations throughout the state. Events will feature pep rallies, student performances and remarks by state and local officials.

"Teachers have an extraordinary ability to inspire their students and unlock the potential they hold within," said Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith. "My thanks to Florida teachers for helping students master the essential skills they need to be successful now and in the future.”

The DOE has also made available on its Web site Teacher Appreciation Week information and resources for teachers, parents and students. Individuals can download Governor Crist’s Teacher Appreciation Week proclamation, Commissioner Smith’s letter of appreciation to the state’s teachers and ideas about how parents and students can honor their local educators. Visit for a list of businesses throughout the state that are offering special deals and discounts to Florida's teachers during the week, as well as throughout the year.