Today is National Teacher Day! The special day is a part of theNationalEducation Associations (NEA) annualTeacher AppreciationWeek,which honors the amazing work of teachers in ournationsclassrooms.Its no surprise this day is of particular importance to us here at Scholastic. We cannot even begin to thank the many teachers that help to make our companyand our workvaluable. You inspire us with your prowess and innovation in the classroom. You help shape our programs and products with your thoughtful feedback and attention. Most of all, you nourish the minds of our children by challenging them to create, ask questions, and dare to make a statement in the world.We are proud to work with you every day. That said, here are a few ways were thanking teachers around the company this week: Our Books Clubs team is honoring their favorite literary teachers in this adorable round-up on the Book Box Daily blog. Definitely worth a read! Book Clubs has also launched a Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes! From now until May 10, teachers (K-12) can enter for a chance to win an iPad and a cute tote bag. Scholastic Instructor Magazine is celebrating your accomplishments with a limited-time offer: 6 issues of unique Common Core tips, ready-made lessons, and exclusive freebies for just $4.95. Dress up your desk with these free printable pages that can be made into an inspiration calendar. You can also print these lovely lines about teaching to hang on your classroom wall. NEA has resources you can use to participate,includingways parents can show theirappreciationfor their childs teacher, how to make a difference in a teachers life, party ideas and student activities, and more. You can also thank a teacher on social media using #ThankaTeacher.(EvenObama did on Twitter!) Check out the word cloud you made with all your thoughts about teachers! Thank you for all you do! Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth. -Helen Caldicott image via Instructor Magazine.