Thank You to Teachers, School Staff

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

February 12, 2002 3:25 PM

It's time to say thank you to Nova Scotia's teachers and school
staff. Feb. 11-16 is National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.

The Department of Education and the Nova Scotia Federation of
Home and School Associations ask all Nova Scotians to applaud the
personal and professional contributions of school staff during
this week and every day of the year.

Education Minister Jane Purves expressed her thanks to teachers,
principals, bus drivers, custodians, administrative staff and
many other individuals who help Nova Scotia students succeed.

"Teachers and school staff are the front-line workers of the
public school system," said Ms. Purves. "Every day, they offer
their many talents in every aspect of student life from the
classroom to the soccer field to the bus. We owe them our thanks
and appreciation."

Sandra Himmelman, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Home
and School Associations, encourages students and parents
throughout the province to do something special this week to show
their appreciation for teachers and staff.

"If we are to foster a positive learning environment for our
children, it is essential that our educators have the support and
involvement of parents and community," said Ms. Himmelman. "This
is an ideal time for parents in the province to specially thank
the teachers and all school staff for their ongoing commitment to
our children."

More than 9,700 teachers and 6,500 school staff serve nearly
156,000 students in Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Home and School Federation began Teacher/Staff
Appreciation Week as a way of giving parents and others an
opportunity to join in a countrywide demonstration of support for
teachers and staff. It has been celebrated each year since 1988.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     It's time to say thank you to Nova Scotia's teachers and

school staff.

     This is National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.

     Education Minister Jane Purves said that teachers and school

staff are the front-line workers of the public school system.

     She expressed her thanks to teachers, principals, bus

drivers, custodians, administrative staff and many other

individuals who help Nova Scotia students succeed.

     The Department of Education and the Nova Scotia Federation

of Home and School Association ask all Nova Scotians to applaud

the personal and professional contributions of school staff.

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Contact: Adèle Poirier
         Department of Education
         902-424-8307
         E-mail: poiriea@gov.ns.ca

         Sandra Himmelman
         Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations
         902-688-2463
         E-mail: mhimmelman@ns.sympatico.ca

kjd         February 12, 2002        3:23 P.M.