Statement from Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III “National Teacher Appreciation Week”

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released the following statement in honor of “National Teacher Appreciation Week.” “National Teacher Appreciation Week” is observed annually during the first full week of May.

“On behalf of the nearly 900,000 residents of Prince George’s County, we thank all of our teachers who live and/or teach in Prince George’s County. There are few professions that are as critical to our growth as a County, State, and Nation. The impact a teacher has on a child’s future can never be understated or undervalued.

Each day the teachers of Prince George’s County Public Schools work to stimulate the minds of thousands of students. They find a way to make it happen even with very limited resources. Often they resort to spending their own money, asking for help from parents, seeking support from businesses and friends. They are committed to ensuring the success of their students and show their dedication every day.

During the remainder of this week, I ask all Prince Georgians to go out of their way to simply say “Thank you” to our teachers. We need to lift up this group of professionals, and their profession, as they work to prepare our children to be successful adults.

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” As a student who struggled in the classroom, it was a teacher who inspired and supported me and helped me to find my path. I will never forget her. Teachers are transforming lives through education. This is why I am so committed to our teachers, students and schools.

This week we celebrate these life changers who are helping our children navigate through the early part of their lives. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude that we should recognize this week and beyond.”

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