Weatherly Area PTA is joining thousands of communities across the country in celebrating PTA Teacher Appreciation Week this May 7-11.

The week honors the dedicated men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating children. Weatherly Area PTA's events are part of a national effort to call attention to the outstanding contributions teachers make to individuals and communities.

"Experts have concluded that giving teachers the status and recognition they deserve as professionals is the best way to improve education in this country," said Jennifer Colecio, Weatherly Area PTA corresponding secretary. "All of us know of exceptional teachers, and we should recognize that there is a great deal of good work being done in our schools by our teachers."

The Weatherly Area PTA will be honoring its teachers with a certificate of appreciation and a small gift, as well as bagel and cream cheese trays for the elementary, middle and high school teachers and aides on Tuesday, May 8.

PTA expanded on Eleanor Roosevelt's idea of National Teacher Day, established in 1953, and dedicated a whole week to celebrate the accomplishments of educators.