Sheffielders invited to share messages of thanks to schools on digital billboards across the city
People in Sheffield are being asked to send messages of thanks to schools and members of the education community that they think have gone the extra mile during the pandemic.
These messages will then be placed on billboards across the city, to show appreciation and raise awareness of everything educators have done to help others.
People are invited to send in their messages in any format to show their appreciation, be this a drawing, written message, poem or video before June 6.
The digital billboards will be live from June 10 to 24 at Granville Square, Park Square roundabout, Saville Street, Sheffield Road and Sheffield Towers.
Any schools nominated will also be in with the chance of receiving one of 500 wellbeing bundles including tea and biscuits, thank you postcards and notepads and pens.
The billboard messages are part of a campaign organised by Sheffield educational resource publisher Twinkl, with the charity Mind and school supplier YPO, after they recognised the huge lengths educators have gone to for others throughout the past year. The campaign includes a range of other activities and surprises that celebrate educators for their dedication and give people an opportunity to thank someone close to their heart.
As part of this, the public sector buying organisation YPO, which supplies materials and contract support to schools across the UK, is sending 100 surprise ‘Thank you’ gifts to teachers and school staff. They will also be running a competition to give communities a chance to name 40 new delivery fleet vehicles after inspirational teachers.
Leon Smith, Chief Customer Officer at Twinkl, said: “The wellbeing bundles and billboards are a way of showing school staff how valued and appreciated they are. We’d love them to see a heartfelt message of thanks on a billboard on their way to work, giving them a boost after such a challenging year.
“Despite the difficulties they have faced, educators have gone above and beyond to offer the very best teaching, care and support during the pandemic. It’s so important to show them how thankful people are for their ongoing support and commitment to their pupils.”