National Educational Support Professionals Day is celebrated in the United States on Wednesday during American Education Week. This day was founded in 1987 by the NEA Assembly to recognize and appreciate the work done by the ‘invisible’ staff of educational organizations like bus drivers, cleaners, medical staff, cooks, and those keeping order.
Statistics based on the results of the NEAToday survey have shown that 80% of school staff work full-time, more than 60% donate money from their personal budget for the needs of students, and around $170 is donated a year. This hard work for the benefit of the future of our children must be acknowledged, and this day is a reminder of that.
Interesting facts about Educational Support Professionals (ESP) include:
- 95% of the public catering staff are female.
- They take care of the safety of everyone in the buildings.
- Most live in the area where the educational institution is located.
- They work with students who have special educational needs.
- They mostly remain in the profession until retirement.
- They are responsible for the proper functioning of school processes – this link cannot be thrown out of the chain without serious consequences.
How to take part
To take part in this holiday, you can promote it through social media or by saying thank you to your local ESP. Send a thank you card or visit them in person, or even offer your help if you are able to work at the school. Let’s recognize and appreciate the hard work of our Educational Support Professionals!
When is National Educational Support Professionals Day celebrated in 2023?
National Educational Support Professionals Day is observed on the Wednesday during American Education Week each year.