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Educators win book gift cards as MTA celebrates American Education Week

In celebration of American Education Week, the Massachusetts Teachers Association has awarded $1,500 worth of Borders gift cards to teachers and education support professionals throughout the state.

"Helping students achieve is the cornerstone of our work as parents, teachers and public school employees," said Anne Wass, MTA president. "We're proud of our work, and American Education Week is the time to celebrate this work."

American Education Week began in 1921 as a way to generate public awareness and support for education. This year's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," highlights the importance of bringing together educators, school staff, parents, students and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools.

American Education Week is celebrated each year during the full week before Thanksgiving. Since 1987, National Education Support Professionals Day has been observed on the Wednesday of American Education Week as a special way to honor the contributions of school support staff. November 15 was ESP Day.

To mark American Education Week, 50 teachers and 25 ESPs received $20 Borders gift cards from the MTA. Their names were selected from entries in the 2006 MTA Red Sox Reading Game. To participate in the contest, students pledged to read nine books over the summer -- one for each position on the baseball field.

To find out more about American Education Week, please visit http://www.nea.org/aew or contact your local public school.