R 235
2021 -- H 6306
Enacted 05/06/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Shekarchi, Blazejewski, McNamara, Amore, Donovan, Speakman, Henries, Kennedy, Cortvriend, and Ajello

Date Introduced: May 06, 2021

     WHEREAS, Every successful person in the Ocean State owes a great measure of their
achievement to the dedication and hard work of the teachers who inspired them to open their
minds to the magic of ideas, knowledge, and dreams, and find the very best in themselves; and
     WHEREAS, Learning is a process of discovery. Teachers across this country utilize
innovative and dynamic methods to inspire young people to be curious about the world around
them, to explore ways to better understand their environment, and to develop the critical thinking
skills necessary for their success as adults; and
     WHEREAS, Cities and Towns in Rhode Island employ approximately 10,000 full-time
public school teachers and many more private school teachers. These professionals consistently
demonstrate laudable commitment and competence through their willingness to provide the time,
energy, talent, and ideas to ensure that Rhode Island’s 143,557 students have the opportunity to
fulfill all of their potential; and
     WHEREAS, Teachers spend countless hours preparing lessons, evaluating progress,
counseling and coaching students, consulting with parents, and performing community service.
Teachers also fill vital roles in the lives of many young people, often as listeners, role models,
explorers, motivators, and mentors; and
     WHEREAS, Teachers keep democracy alive and vibrant by laying the foundation for
good citizenship. They display daily the value of public service. Their hard work and efforts are
directly responsible for creating the leaders of tomorrow; and
     WHEREAS, Many of us are who we are because at least one teacher in the past ignited a
spark within us. They touch and mold the lives of our children and they have earned, and truly
deserve, the gratitude and respect of students, parents, and community members throughout the
state; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
declares the week of May 3rd through May 7th of 2021 to be “Teacher Appreciation Week” in
Rhode Island. We heartily thank all of Rhode Island’s teachers for their tireless devotion in
educating and developing our children; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Francis J. Flynn, President of the Rhode Island
Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, and Lawrence E. Purtill, President of the
National Education Association of Rhode Island.