Hoosiers work hard every day to support and strengthen their communities. During these unprecedented times, several groups of individuals are going above and beyond to ensure those in need have access to critical services like education, health care and more.

Each year, the first full week of May is recognized as both Teacher Appreciation Week and Public Service Recognition Week.

A good educator can have a lasting and positive impact on the development and success of a child and instill a life-long love of learning. Teachers work tirelessly to give their students the quality education they need to move on to their next phase in life.

It is also important to recognize all the public servants who have been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of Indiana health care workers, emergency responders, law enforcement, correctional professionals, and so many other critical state employees have supported Indiana’s response to this public health emergency. We are grateful for their commitment, bravery and sacrifice during these trying times.

Now, more than ever, it is important that we give thanks and share our support for these Hoosier heroes.

Even while social distancing, there are plenty of ways to show gratitude for our state’s educators and public service workers. From sharing a photo with an influential teacher, health care or government worker on social media, to putting a thank you sign in the yard, a simple gesture of gratitude can go a long way.

Please take a moment this week to thank your local educators and public service workers, and let them know they are valued.