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Local Mom Collects Donations For Teacher Appreciation Week

TAMPA, Fla. — Some say teachers have some of the hardest jobs out there, not to mention one of the most important, and next week is dedicated to honoring them.

Originally started by the National Parent Teacher Association, “Teacher Appreciation Week” runs Monday through Friday, and one South Tampa mom took quick action to make sure as many teachers as possible feel special, and are celebrated next week.


What You Need To Know

  • Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 2-6


  • One South Tampa mom took quick action to make sure as many teachers as possible feel special, and are celebrated next week


  • She encourages people to reach out to the schools in their communities and see if there is anything they may need to celebrate their teachers next week, too
  • Those who are interested in helping can email teacherappreciationweekhc@gmail.com

Erica Mallon wears many hats — she’s a corporate attorney, a wife, a mother, and she’s very active in her community — but she says her jobs are actually quite easy.  

“Teachers have the most important and hardest profession in my mind,” said Mallon. “Earlier this week, I saw a lot of my fellow moms in South Tampa talking about, and brainstorming, ‘How we can support our local teachers?’ I thought to myself, ‘Well, what about teachers in communities where they don’t have as much parental involvement or as much funding?’”

So she did something about it by creating a Facebook post and asking for teachers to comment if their schools could use some additional support for Teacher Appreciation Week.

“I immediately had 10 to 20 teachers respond,” Mallon said. “Some of them said they didn’t even know it was Teacher Appreciation Week, that their school had nothing planned, that they had no PTA, or a one person PTA, and I just realized that there’s significant inequity between our schools, and if the funding isn’t going to come from Tallahassee, it’s on us as local citizens to make a difference.”

Mallon got to work, soliciting local businesses for donations, and asking anyone who is able to make a monetary donation. So far, four schools on her list are covered, but she’s got seven more she is still working on.

“They’re drastically underpaid,” she said. “They have too few resources and they deserve to be recognized every day, but at minimum, one week out of the year that’s supposed to be dedicated to them, and if we can’t give that to them, how can we expect them to give their all to our kids?”

Mallon said she is accepting donations throughout the next week. 

She is looking for food donations to be able to provide teachers with breakfast, or lunch, or items that can be raffled off. She also encourages people to reach out to the schools in their communities and see if there is anything they may need to celebrate their teachers next week, too.

Those who are interested in helping can email teacherappreciationweekhc@gmail.com.

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