Nonprofit Offers Public Easy Way to Shower Teachers with Gratitude During National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-12

MINNEAPOLIS – April 18, 2017 –, the national nonprofit that raises funds for teachers, today announced it is offering free thank-you video eCards for anyone to send to teachers in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. To mark the national event, which recognizes teachers for their dedication to helping our nation’s children learn and succeed, the public is invited to preschedule one or more thank-you video eCards to send to the special teachers in their lives. People can add a personal message to each eCard they schedule.

“We want to make it easy for people to shower their teachers with gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Week,” said Ann Ness, executive director of “We believe our video eCards will put smiles on the faces of teachers coast to coast.”

To preschedule free video eCards, anyone can go to and enter their name and email address, their teacher’s name and email address, select their favorite video eCard and add a personal note. will automatically send out all prescheduled eCards beginning May 9, Teacher Appreciation Day. national spokesperson and nine-time Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow teamed up with the nonprofit to help support teachers who need classroom supplies. As a former teacher who comes from a family of teachers, Crow advocates for everyone to honor the teachers in their life, especially during Teacher Appreciation Week.

“We need to support the teachers who changed our lives for the better; teaching is the most important job that exists,” said Crow. “Join me and in letting teachers know how important and appreciated they are for the work they do.”

Faced with limited resources, teachers are stepping up and purchasing classroom materials using their own money. U.S. teachers spend an average of nearly $600 a year out of pocket to equip their students with the tools they need to succeed. Twenty percent of teachers spend more than $1,000 annually.

Fifty-one percent of U.S. public school children come from families who cannot afford to provide them with the school supplies they need in the classroom. Teachers are filling the gap to ensure all children have the equal opportunity to learn and succeed. According to a study conducted by, 91 percent of teachers purchase school materials for their students. Nationally, this totals more than $1.5 billion each year.

To send a free thank you video eCard for Teacher Appreciation Week, visit

About (AAC) gives teachers a hand by providing much needed classroom supplies and materials to help their students learn and succeed. As an award-winning 501(c)(3), AAC makes it easy for donors to provide funding and support to K-12 classrooms in public, private and charter schools throughout the U.S. On average, teachers spend $600 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms – 20% of teachers spend more than $1000 annually. Since 1998 has raised over $30 million and benefited more than 4.2 million students throughout the U.S. AAC holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, or to adopt a classroom, please visit


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