☷A Proclamation on National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week 2022
White House ( By Press Release office)
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As the husband of a lifelong educator , who continues to teach full - time as First Lady , I have often heard Jill say: “Teaching is not what you do . It’s who you are . ” Our Nation’s teachers are selfless , dedicated , and caring individuals who devote themselves to the well - being and progress of our students . During this National Teacher Appreciation Day and throughout National Teacher Appreciation Week , we honor educators who touch the lives of students across America and who are essential to building the future of our Nation . One of the greatest gifts our schools give to students and educators is time spent with one another — the daily opportunities to learn and grow together , face to face . There is no substitute for the wisdom this experience brings . That is why , when I took office , I made it a priority to reopen schools as quickly and safely as possible . Today , I am proud that more than 99 percent of schools are open for full - time in - person instruction . By following the science and making vaccines available for students , educators , and staff , we got kids back to school safely . My Administration is working tirelessly to support educators . The American Rescue Plan provided a historic $122 billion investment to our Nation’s schools so they could safely reopen for in - person instruction , address students’ mental health needs , hire more teachers , and make up for lost learning . Teachers have long been underpaid , and these funds help school districts increase compensation to recruit and retain the teachers that students need . To counter the negative impacts of the pandemic on student learning , our educators have returned to the classroom with creative solutions . They have partnered with communities to implement safety measures , increase students’ access to mental health support , and equip them with critical life skills . Teachers have also found new ways to address unfinished learning and engage meaningfully with students and families . To support our educators , the Department of Education is offering unprecedented resources to help teachers meet student needs . My Administration is also committed to strengthening pathways into the teaching profession for future educators of color , ensuring a more diverse workforce . I will never forget the educators who encouraged me as a child . Many of us remember our favorite teachers — the ones who instilled confidence in us , who encouraged us to dream boldly , and who helped us believe that we could achieve anything . On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week , we pay tribute to educators who empower students across the country with the knowledge and skills they need to reach their potential and achieve their dreams . NOW , THEREFORE , I , JOSEPH R . BIDEN JR . , President of the United States of America , by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States , do hereby proclaim May 3 , 2022 , as National Teacher Appreciation Day and May 1 through May 7 , 2022 , as National Teacher Appreciation Week . I call upon all Americans to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Nation’s teachers and to observe this day and this week by supporting teachers through appropriate activities , events , and programs . IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have hereunto set my hand this twenty - ninth day of April , in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty - two , and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty - sixth . JOSEPH R . BIDEN JR .
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