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Sample News Release for National Teacher Day

A well-written, double-spaced news release is a good way to alert print and broadcast media outlets to the National Teacher Day observance in your community. It is also a great way to be seen in the news by your members and potential members. Do this in four easy steps:

  1. Contact your local media outlet personally and ask the editor or reporter how they want to receive news from your local.
  2. Set up your e-mail and/or fax system to deliver your releases to TV and radio news directors, newspaper editors and reporters who cover education and community events. 
  3. Send your information far enough in advance to allow for the development of story ideas and the scheduling of coverage. 
  4. Be sure to follow up with a phone call.

News Release

For Immediate Release (date)

For Further Information
Contact: (name, phone number)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, is National Teacher Day. Thank a teacher for making public schools great!

Teachers in (name of town or district) and in communities across the nation will be in the spotlight on National Teacher Day, as students, parents, school administrators and the general public learn how teachers are making Great Public Schools for every student.

"Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do," notes (full name), president of the (name of local education association or other sponsoring group). "National Teacher Day is a good time to learn about the contributions educators make to our community every day. We recognize we are role models. That brings satisfaction. It also brings responsibility. We want to take it to the next step.

“We believe we all have to work together to make our schools even better,” said ___. “That means everyone in the community. Parents, business owners, retirees, other workers, local government, and yes students. Public schools are at the heart of any community. When there are problems, we address them. When there are kudos, we share them.

“Community involvement brings learning to life,”______said. “This is an opportunity for all of us to reach out to each other. I ask the community to learn about how we advocate for high standards for students, fair and meaningful evaluations of their work, and resources that go directly to the classroom. Better than an apple or a thank you card, a community’s active support of the work we mutually do to teach and care for the community’s students would be ample reward for all of us.”

Visit National Teacher Day to learn more about the issues educators are facing as they do their work and meet the requirements of many laws and regulations.

Among the local events planned for National Teacher Day: (list events, times, places here--in bulleted form.)

Groups and individuals interested in helping develop these or other activities for National Teacher Day may contact (name) at (phone/address).

The [name of local NEA affiliate] is a professional employee organization and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. The [number] members work in the community at every level of education, from pre-school through high school.