It’s Thanksgiving season, the perfect time to thank a teacher for all of the special things they do in their mission to educate our local students and future generations. Mission Federal Credit Union and Junior Achievement have partnered to present the “I’m Thankful for My Teacher” campaign. The campaign is designed to give parents and children an opportunity to thank the teachers in their lives for their hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, support and willingness to go the extra mile for students and families throughout San Diego County.
Over the past three years, the campaign has generated more than 17,000 student post cards of thanks to thousands of teachers at hundreds of local schools. The campaign, now in its fourth year, has also garnered two prestigious national and international awards from the Credit Union National Association for top community campaign, and a global Entrepreneurial Spirit award from the MetLife Foundation, which encourages implementation of the thank-you campaign in conjunction with Junior Achievement chapters throughout the United States and globally.
“We've made it very easy for students and parents to participate and share their well-wishes and gratitude for teachers who are making a positive difference in their lives This year, we’ve even added a new, green component where parents and students can write and submit their post card online,” said Tricia Link, vice president of community relations and external affairs, Mission Federal Credit Union. “In turn, we hope this effort will increase morale of teachers and education professionals who have been affected by budget cuts and unemployment worries for some time now.”
To participate, the public is encouraged to stop by any Mission Federal Credit Union branch between October 17 and November 30, 2011, to pick-up, fill out and drop-off a thank-you note that prompts parents and kids to fill out “why they are thankful for their teacher.” Or students can log onto wwwmissionfed.com/im-thankful and send a virtual note.
The contest is open to children in kindergarten through grade 12, who attend any public, private, or home school, located within the borders of San Diego County. At the end of the campaign, Junior Achievement staff and volunteers will tally the results and deliver all thank-you notes to teachers throughout the San Diego region, for additional recognition for our teachers.
The top six winning elementary, middle, and high school teachers receiving the most thank-you notes will receive a $150 Visa gift card to reward themselves for all of their hard work. To boost participation, the students in the class of the winning teachers will receive a fun classroom party or fieldtrip of their choice and the invaluable gift of Junior Achievement’s award-winning financial education curriculum taught in their classroom for an entire school year, compliments of Mission Federal Credit Union. Mission Fed will also reward the top schools turning in the most thank-you notes with $200 School Spirit Awards; and special Outstanding Teacher Dedication Awards prizes are planned for ten additional deserving teachers. All winning teachers and schools will be notified the week of February 17, 2012.
SANTEE LOCATION TO PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF “THANK A TEACHER” POSTCARDS: