The SRP Wall of Unsung Heroes - Honoring New York State Paraprofessionals, Office Personnel, and other School-Related Professionals during American Education Week

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Who’s your favorite classroom aide, school nurse, cafeteria helper, or school bus driver? The unsung heroes at local schools throughout New York State will be honored as part of a first-of-its-kind online recognition wall of School-Related Professionals (SRPs) during American Education Week, November 13-19, 2011.

From now through November 11th, parents, students and co-workers can go online and submit the name of their favorite SRP for special recognition during American Education Week. The names and photos of the paraprofessionals, secretaries, teaching assistants, maintenance people, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and others will be spotlighted the week of November 13-19 on the “SRP Wall of Unsung Heroes” at

You can submit the SRP honoree of your choice at before the November 11th deadline. The “SRP Wall of Unsung Heroes” is hosted by Literacy Education and Resource Network (LEARN), in cooperation with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).

“We’re excited about this unique and much-deserved recognition of SRPs around the state in celebrating their hard work, dedication and the invaluable services they provide every day,” said Jan Gubiotti, Co-Founder of LEARN -- host sponsor of the first-ever “SRP Wall of Unsung Heroes.”

"School-Related Professionals in New York State are vital to ensuring that our children receive the educational experience they deserve and need," said Kathleen Donahue, vice president of New York State United Teachers. "SRPs are full and valued partners, and their contributions to the school community can not be overstated."

NYSUT was instrumental in the passage of the law that established a statewide SRP Recognition Day, celebrated on the third Tuesday of each November. NYSUT represents 600,000 education and health care professionals across New York State.

“They are unsung heroes who drive our students to school, help them safely cross the street, provide them with nutritious meals, serve as partners in educating our children and keep school buildings safe, operational and clean. We applaud their efforts and join with the school community in honoring SRPs throughout New York State,” Gubiotti added.

We encourage you to help us spread the word about the important role School-Related Professionals play in the lives of today's students. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

School-Related Professionals (SRPs) include the following:

  • Paraprofessionals and teaching assistants who provide instructional and non-instructional support as partners in student learning
  • Clerical service employees who are the front line of public relations with parents and staff and the community
  • Custodians who pay constant attention to all safety conditions in schools Maintenance service employees who are responsible for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and overall safety for the entire school environment
  • Transportation service employees who are the first and last person(s) seen by our students in a day
  • Food service employees who provide the most basic component of student achievement: nutrition
  • Skilled trades employees who are responsible for the physical quality of our school building environments
  • Health and student service employees who are vital to student health and welfare within a public school
  • Security service employees who are responsible for the safety and security of students, staff community and campus property
  • Technical service employees who provide essential technical services throughout a school district

About LEARN (Literacy Education and Resource Network)

LEARN, the Literacy Education and Resource Network, is a network of educators willing to offer their expertise with workshops, training modules, and books.

Our goal at LEARN is to provide valuable, affordable professional learning opportunities and educational resources to meet the needs of school districts nationwide. We are dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of members in the educational community to help students become life-long learners in the 21st century.


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