Richardson Thanks Teachers as National Education Week Comes to a Close

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Congresswoman Laura Richardson

Congresswoman Laura Richardson

Congresswoman Laura Richardson recognizes the week of November 11 through November 17, 2012 as American Education Week. This week is an opportunity to say thank you to the teachers and community members who play a role in educating our nation’s children.

“As a former preschool teacher, I know firsthand of the challenges educators today. As classes grow and budgets shrink, teachers are often asked to do more with less. Nevertheless, millions of dedicated Americans continue to serve our nation’s youth as teachers, administrators and school personnel. I am continually impressed by their hard work and by the tremendous impact they have on shaping future generations,” said Congresswoman Laura Richardson.

American Education Week was first observed in 1921 by the National Education Association and the American Legion. Representatives of these organizations were concerned that a quarter of World War I draftees were illiterate, and they began a movement to raise awareness of the needs of public schools. Now in its 91st year, American Education Week serves as an annual reminder of the importance of community involvement in education.

“I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the hardworking educators and school employees in the 37th Congressional District, as well as the millions of others across the country,” said Congresswoman Richardson, adding, “I encourage students, parents, and school employees to participate in local events celebrating American Education Week.”

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