BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hundreds of educators from throughout Kern County were joined by families, friends and community leaders as they gathered in Yokuts Park this afternoon for a picnic dinner in celebration of the 31st annual California Day of the Teacher.
In attendance was CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki, who brought official greetings from the California Teachers Association. Mayor Harvey Hall also joined school board members Bbill Mcdougle, and President Pro Tem Andrae Gonzales in the festivities. as well.
This year’s Day of the Teacher has special significance as it coincides with the 150th anniversary of the California Teachers Association, which first met as the California Educational Society in May, 1863. On Monday, CTA launched a three-week statewide ad campaign that stresses CTA’s commitment over the decades to reducing class sizes, closing the achievement gap and to providing every student a well-rounded education. The campaign includes print ads in eight languages in more than 47 ethnic media newspapers, website ads, and radio and TV spots on scores of stations in all media markets.
For more information on Day of the Teacher and CTA’s accomplishments during its 150 years of advocacy, see www.cta.org/teacherappreciation.