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Planning for October.

Honoring Classroom Teachers As we prepare for another year's celebration and honoring of our children's classroom teachers, we can all ask, "Are we actively promoting the 'Week of the Classroom Teacher' and showing our appreciation to those individuals who make a difference in our children's lives?" Let's try to be more active and outspoken in support of teachers. Classroom teachers often pay for school supplies and necessities out of their own pockets. According to Quality Education Data, Inc., an education market research and database firm, classroom teachers spend an average of $475 a year on their students. The 2006-07 Teacher Buying Behavior report presents these key findings: 85 percent of teachers use personal money to purchase student rewards, 75 percent use personal money to buy classroom decorations, and 46 percent use their own money to buy classroom supplies. Teachers not only give their time, devotion, and energy to our children, they also give a portion of their income. Show your support by promoting the Week of the Classroom Teacher, September 30 through October 6, 2007, and World Teachers' Day, October 5. In 2005, ACEI moved WOCT to the first full week of October, to correspond with World Teachers' Day. Visit the ACEI Web site, www.acei.org, to obtain the planning guide and other sample materials to assist in creating publicity, and call ACEI Headquarters (301-570-2111) for bookmarks and brochures.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

It's not too early to start looking for those little orange collection boxes for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEE the annual program to raise awareness and urgently needed funds for children in developing countries around the world. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is the original Kids Helping Kids campaign, inspired and powered by kids in the United States. From its inception in 1950, the campaign has raised over $132 million. The funds raised have improved and saved the lives of children worldwide. For example, $1 will immunize a child against measles for life, $2.50 will provide basic school supplies for one child, $10 will provide a month's supply of high-protein biscuits for three children, and $150 will supply clean water for an entire village. Students who participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF develop strong community spirit and a sense of global awareness. Encourage your friends, associates, students, and children to join in with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Order your collection boxes online at unicefusa.org/trickortreat, or call 1-800-4UNICEF. Teachers, parents, and others will find helpful tips, suggestions, and fun ideas for organizing your own fundraising program. Explore the UNICEF Web site for ideas and downloadable materials for your Trick-or-Treat campaign.

--Sheri Levin, Public Relations Manager
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Title Annotation:Public Affairs Committee
Author:Levin, Sheri
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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