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Give to a Teacher During National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-8, 2004

Americans who want to help teachers nationwide have found a great way to give back to a teacher I Love Schools, Inc is inviting individuals and businesses to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2 - 8 by making a small donation to local teachers.

America's teachers are reaching into their own pockets and spending an average of nearly $600 per year on classroom materials and supplies. Many teachers spend thousands each year - all to improve the educational experience of America's kids.

Nearly 5,000 teachers in all 50 states across America need supplies for their classrooms and have registered on

"When the teacher saw the Costco package with rolls of paper towels, her eyes filled up," Atlanta resident Jane Bick said of the teacher who received her donation. "You would have thought I'd brought her gold." Ms. Bick donated $70 worth of supplies to an inner-city Title One Atlanta school. is a national web-based non-profit that matches people who want to help America's teachers with teachers in need. I Love Schools, Inc does not make any money from donations offers made through the website and allows for one hundred percent of every donation to help a teacher. Donations are tax-deductible through most schools, which are non-profit organizations.

Those who want to help a teacher are encouraged to visit to see what teachers in their area are requesting. Common requests include items people may already have such as gently used books or VCRs as well as items easily purchased like pencils and markers. Many donors through the site choose to donate cash or gift certificates so that the teacher can purchase needed classroom supplies directly.

National Teacher Appreciation Week is sponsored by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), while National Teacher Day is celebrated on May 4 and is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and supported by educational organizations such as I Love Schools, Inc.

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