Love Our Teachers

Your simple efforts to appreciate teachers can make all the difference for Arizona children, because every student’s story starts with a teacher!

Why Love Our Teachers?

We know that student success is directly connected to quality teachers. But, did you know that teacher appreciation and teacher support are 2 of the 3 major factors that impact teacher retention? Together, we can do simple projects that show our teachers how much we value their daily efforts! Connect with us to find out how you and your organization can make a difference!

Increase Student Success

When we support teachers it impacts the classroom and ultimately the students

Increase Teacher Retention

Teacher retention stabilizes the classroom, supporting student achievement and well being

Strengthen Your Community

Engaged communities offer holistic physical, mental, emotional, and academic support for children

Graduate More Students

Quality teachers provide the education that enables all children to achieve their highest potential

Let’s show our teachers some love!


Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect time to thank teachers near the end of the school year for all their investment! Click the form above to learn about projects in your area or connect to your local school. Consider nominating a teacher for the School Connect Champions of Education Awards which takes place every April! Remember, there are many year-round opportunities to appreciate teachers – starting with back to school! Connect with us for your next steps!

Support for teachers might include sharing resources like prepackaged treats during state testing, science lab kits, or reading volunteers. Teacher Appreciation projects include any activity that helps acknowledge and appreciate the value of teachers, such as dropping bagels and juice off for staff, appreciation cards, or teacher boxes filled with goodies.

Love Our Teachers is a year-round program with many opportunities to impact teachers and the classroom. Love Our Schools Day is an annual event hosted by individual school districts on school campuses – often in October. Love Our Schools projects might include a Love Our Teachers project, such as teacher boxes filled with goodies, or a Coffee Truck Friday, or a remodel of a teacher’s lounge! Complete the form above for your next steps!
Perfect for a business team, a church volunteer group, a neighborhood club, the local fire department, a school sports team or student council or even an individual volunteer – everyone in the community is welcome! Love Our Teachers projects should include the entire community and can be as simple as writing thank you cards or dropping off breakfast on a Friday.
Businesses often use this as a volunteer opportunity for their employees to give back! Whatever your business, connect in ways that work for you. Examples might include speaking in a classroom about your field of work or sponsoring a classroom science opportunity or a back-to-school drive. School Connect works with schools across the state. Complete the form above for options and sponsorship opportunities!
Yes! Examples include filling teacher boxes with goodies, packaging student stem or art kits, writing teachers thank you cards, or even ordering a coffee truck!

Yes! Both individuals and teams are welcome. Individuals can volunteer, or drop off items, while teams might take on a painting project or update a teacher’s lounge! Complete the form above for your next steps!

Whether it is a back-to-school drive, school assembly, campus project, student treats during state testing, or even oil changes for teacher cars, there is a place for any team – large or small. Complete the form above for your next steps!

Year-round opportunities to Love Our Teachers!

  • back to school
  • love our schools day
  • holidays
  • parent teacher conferences
  • professional development
  • finals week
  • state testing week
  • school connect awards
  • teacher appreciation week
  • graduation
  • back to school
  • love our schools day
  • holidays
  • parent teacher conferences
  • professional development
  • finals week
  • state testing week
  • school connect awards
  • teacher appreciation week
  • graduation

    Community Support is critical for neighborhood schools to thrive. When a neighborhood school is partnered with local churches, restaurants, and retail stores, it provides resources that teachers are able to request and help enrich students school experiences. Also, this support trickles from the schools to the parents and families. As a teacher, I love working in a school where it just has a true community vibe!

    Monica Passey ~ Sunburst School

    Our Faith Partners and Volunteers help us with projects we do not have the manpower for and encourage our teachers tremendously by letting them know our community cares about them and the future of our kids. Our schools would not be as strong without the support of our community members. They contribute enormously to our campuses!

    Michelle Zahariades ~ Desert Foothills Junior High School

    Local partners are very important to all schools for a couple of reasons. First, we need projects done and they love to help! Second, community relationships are so important. We love getting to know members of our community and telling them about our school.

    Jerry Frost ~ Maryland School

    More Ways to Get Involved!

    Connect at a CAFÉ

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    Sponsor a School 

    Sponsor a school to make a direct impact where it is needed most!

    Nominate a Teacher

    Nominate an educator for a School Connect Champions of Education Award!

    Love Our Schools

    Join a project for Love Our Schools Day to strategically impact the greatest goals of the school!

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    Celebrate the Champions of Education who have made a significant impact on Arizona's youth!

    The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

    Congratulations to Litchfield Elementary School and Principal Sabine Hopper for winning the 2024 Because It Takes A Village Award. Your school leads the way as a shining example of what it means to collaborate for the benefit of the entire community! In the words of Principal Sabine Hopper, 

“I could not run this school and do what I do without the beautiful work of the people that I work with. It is about community; it’s not about one person. The volunteers that we get at our school are incredible. The parents are incredible. They are part of our family; so, when they walk in, we know them by name. They come in, they help get chills when you walk out there and see all the people and the love from the community.” 

@litchfield_esd thank you for showing us the value of #community!

    Congratulations to Samuel Granado, 5th grade student from Pendergast Elementary School District, and recipient of the 2024 Student Champion of the Year Award for grades K-6.

Samuel strives to be a leader for his community just like his ancestors in the Lakota tribe and says we should always advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Thank you for leading by example, Samuel! We cannot wait to see your Dreamscape Lab and know that you will keep advocating for other students to have the best educational pathway forward! 

@pesd92 full video:
#studentchampions #schoolconnectawards #villadepazelementary #kidsvoice #dreamscapelab
    Congratulations to Taylor Perkins, recipient of the 2024 School Champion of the Year Award. Watch as Taylor shares how gardens can become a welcoming place for every person to build community and help Arizona youth see a glimpse of all the amazing careers that are right at their fingertips. 
In Taylor’s words,
“It’s really awesome to see students plant a seed in the ground and watch it grow. They just have this appreciation for life. You get in the dirt; you plant something and it’s like dancing – everyone can do it! And no matter what stage of life you are in? You belong.”  #CHASSEBuildingTeam #schoolchampionoftheyearaward  #BuildingToMakeADifference 

 #schoolconnectawards #ittakesavillage
    Congratulations to Deb Lupnacca, Achievement Interventionist from the Washington Elementary School District @wesdschools and recipient of the Founder’s Heart Award. Honored for her work as a teacher and school champion, Deb believes that leaders of all ages are just waiting to be discovered. Ms. Lupnacca inspires young and old to be the change they want to see as she embodies the School Connect “Heart of a Founder” who paves the way for the next generation.
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#nationalteacherappreciationweek #foundersheartaward #schoolconnectawards #WESDfamily @wesdschools
    In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, School Connect invites you to submit your school project now. 

We can't think of a better way to support your teachers and school than inviting your community to come partner with you!

Early bird submissions create time for organizations to put your school project on their calendar! It also allows time to invite parents, community members and student leaders to help lead the charge!
#loveourschool #ittakesavillage #LOSD2024