In the month of May, when teachers start wrapping up their curriculum and nurses embrace the warm spring weather, we pause to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day and National Nurses Week. This year, to recognize teachers for continually inspiring their students, and to recognize nurses for their hard work and compassionate care, we hosted a pair of Dansko appreciation contests. The campaigns asked participants to answer one simple question: “Why do you celebrate?”
After receiving thousands of responses, we randomly selected five teachers and five nurses as our grand prize winners—each of whom received Dansko shoes and a meal for her teaching or nursing team.
So, how did four of our winners celebrate?
Sarah M., Teacher from Manchester, NH
“I celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day by turning one day into a whole week. We have a great PTO who makes the entire staff feel like they’re actually doing something to change the world. Every year, I look forward to the week because I’m reminded that people actually care about teachers. I always leave feeling reinvigorated for the rest of the school year.”
Renay P., Nurse from South Deerfield, MA
“My hospital celebrated with events throughout the week, including giveaways and a couple of complimentary meals for staff. But what we really enjoyed about the Dansko lunch and prizes was that it was special to our department—the Emergency Department. To be able to share such generous prizes gave us a sense of unity and recognition during ‘our’ week.”
Chris E., Teacher from Cedar Rapids, VA
“Before Teacher Appreciation Day, I have to admit – I didn’t pay much attention! But the Dansko gift was so special because it recognized what being an everyday teacher means – caring, advocating, building relationships with students and their families, doing what is right. After all, we all need encouragement!”
Sharon G., Nurse from College Station, TX
“Nurses week is always special because it gives us a chance to celebrate our profession and share what we do every day. Our department has been so busy we didn’t even have plans to celebrate. But when we heard Dansko was honoring us with a luncheon and a free pair of shoes, we were so excited! It gave us, as a group, a second wind to get through the week.”
As 2014 continues, we plan to keep on celebrating—and we encourage you to do the same!