Teachers provide our children with the tools and resources they need to be successful. To recognize educators and their vital roles, the country will celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6. This is a great opportunity to make sure our educators know how much we value them and their contributions.

Even the smallest act of kindness can help show your gratitude, like sharing a picture of yourself with an influential teacher, a picture of your child with their teacher or a picture of yourself with a simple thank you message on social media.

House Republicans understand that our educators greatly impact the lives of their students and need support to succeed in the classroom. In the 2015 legislative session, we included a $100 tax credit in the state budget for teachers buying classroom supplies. This year, we created the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, which will provide up to $7,500 a year to cover tuition for top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for at least five years.

Thank you, State Reps. Tony Cook, Wendy McNamara, Rhonda Rhoads and Jeff Thompson. As teachers and public servants, you all work tirelessly to make Indiana a great place for our children.

Regardless of how you and your family participate in National Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s make sure our Hoosier educators know they’re valued.