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DoDEA Schools Begin the Month of May with Special Recognitions Honoring Teachers, School Nurses, and All Employees

Media Advisory: April 30, 2014
, Chief, Public Affairs: (571) 372-0613
, Deputy Chief, Public Affairs: (571) 372-0614

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools and administrative offices around the world will honor teachers, nurses, and all employees with a series of special recognition observances during the week of May 4-10.

DoDEA schools and administrative offices will participate in four recognition and celebration opportunities honoring support employees who contribute so much to the education, success, and quality of life for military-connected students and their families around the world.

Public Service Recognition Week -- May 4-10. Each year the President and Congress designate the first full week of May as Public Service Recognition Week in honor of the men and women who serve America in a military or civilian capacity.

Teacher Appreciation Week -- May 4-10. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is proud to honor all teachers in its 191 schools around the world during the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)-sponsored Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9.

National Teacher Day -- May 6. DoDEA schools will celebrate the National Education Association-(NEA)-sponsored National Teacher Day. These celebrations offer parents, students and communities the opportunity to thank teachers for the hard work they do to make schools great for every child.

National School Nurse Day -- May 7. DoDEA schools will recognize school nurses through this National Association of School Nurses (NASN) –sponsored celebration. Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses.

To learn more about activities that may be scheduled at a school in your area, please contact local principals or Area Public Affairs Offices:

For DoDEA Schools in the United States Contact:
Cindy Gibson (678) 364-8044 or e-mail

For DoDEA Schools in the Pacific Contact:
Charly Hoff – Commercial from the US: 011-81-98-953-5657
Commercial from within Japan: 098-953-5657
Commercial from outside Japan: +81-98-953-5657

For DoDEA Schools in Europe Contact:
Bob Purtiman – Commercial: +49 (0)611-380-7612

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