World Teachers’ Day is held every year in October to recognize and celebrate all the wonderful teachers across the globe. There are even over 100 countries that observe World Teachers' Day. Ironically, it overlaps with Do Something Nice Day, which challenges us to “do something nice,” something that many teachers factor into their daily lives with their students.


The majority of students can look back and remember a teacher who truly made a difference in their life. Whether it was a Kindergarten teacher who’s activities were so fun and engaging or a High School teacher who’s gave you the motivation to try, teachers make an impact in the world.

For the children in foster care or are homeless, teachers play an even bigger role. When home is unsafe and children live in crisis, school and their teachers become a safe-haven, a place where they feel love and are shown attention. Teachers have the chance to expose the children to compassion and opportunity. It is very common that issues like homelessness, abuse, and neglect are first seen and reported by teachers. Yet another reason why at Palmetto Place we find it so important to give teachers the recognition they deserve.

This October 5th we challenge you to show appreciation for the teachers in your life, past or present. Whether that is a hand written note, flowers, or a small gift, the gesture can go a long way.  We also challenge you to check out our volunteer opportunities and needs list to see how you can “Do Something Nice” for Palmetto Place children.

The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.
— Dan Rather