21-22 School Year
Why support teacher appreciation? Because for Albemarle County families’ children to be successful in school, we need great teachers! And unfortunately, a national poll found that 55% of teachers are seriously considering leaving the profession. Rates of burnout are particularly high amongst teachers serving the most vulnerable kids and families.
We’ve identified three major gaps for Teacher Appreciation Week:
Most ACPS secondary schools have inactive PTOs (Parent Teacher Organizations) or PTSOs (includes students).
Title I elementary schools have struggled to raise money and recruit volunteers.
Many teachers are unserved by parent volunteer organizations, including substitutes, virtual school, at Center One & at CATEC.
What did Families Helping Families do to address these gaps in the 21/22 school year?
Organized a Fundraising effort (funds for this project accepted through TA week;) to support appreciation activities for unserved teachers.
Planned events for schools & programs without PTOs, in collaboration with recruited parent volunteers and school leaders.
Shared ideas, support and funds with struggling PTO leaders.
Organized an effort to write thank-you cards and purchase gift cards for teachers not at a physical school.
Hosted community-wide drive for creative posters and thank you postcards.
Solicited “teacher special” business discounts for all ACPS educators.
Thanks for supporting ACPS teachers with us. Questions? See our FAQ.
Heidi Gilman Bennett
Teacher Appreciation Lead