This week is Administrative Professionals Week, and on Wednesday, April 24th, we celebrate National Admin Day! Across the United States there are nearly 4 million secretaries or administrative assistants within the workforce, which includes the incredibly hardworking school administrators!
The History of National Admin Day
According to Hallmark, there were three key individuals who led the effort to create Administrative Professionals Week/Day. They were; Mary Barrett, the past president of the National Secretaries Association (now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals), King Woodbridge, the president of Dictaphone Corp., and Harry Klemfuss, the public relations account executive at Young & Rubicam. They worked together to get recognition for the skills, loyalty, and efficiency of administrators and secretaries in the workforce..
Back in 1952 the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Charles Sawyer, proclaimed the first observance of National Secretaries Week which was celebrated the first week of June. In 1955 the dates were changed to the current celebration during the last full week of April. The name of the observance changed a couple of times as the National Secretaries Association became Professional Secretaries International, and then developed into the Association of Administrative Professionals. This name change occurred to reflect the changing job titles and responsibilities of today’s administrative workforce.
How Your K-12 School Can Celebrate National Admin Day
Here are a few fun ways you can celebrate your school administrators for National Admin Day.
- A Nice Handmade Card/Note
Nothing says appreciation like a hand-written and handmade card! Include something meaningful about them that stands out to you. Showing you value the work they do will make their day.
- Appreciation Lunch or Breakfast
Host an appreciation lunch or breakfast for your staff in honor of your school administrators on National Admin Day! Bring in a catered meal, or make it a pot-luck and have other staff members and teachers bring in their favorite dishes. You could even hire some substitutes so that your faculty can all enjoy the delicious food without rushing.
- Give Public Praise
Giving public praise to your school administrators on National Admin Day is a great way to show your gratitude and respect, and it costs absolutely nothing at all! Share your praise on social media or during your morning announcements.
- Spruce Up Their Work Space
Surprise your school administrators by decorating their work spaces for National Admin Day. You can decorate with balloons and streamers to make them feel special.
- Sweet Treats
School Webmasters has cute ideas of ways you can say thank you with notes and candy. Some of them include:
- “Thanks! You’re a real LIFESAVER.” (Lifesavers)
- “Thank you for being a sweet and well-rounded secretary!” (M&Ms)
- “You’re a JOY to have on our staff!” OR “Working with you is a real JOY!” (Almond Joy)
- “You are out of this world!” (Milky Way)
- & more fun ideas listed here!
Make sure you share the importance of National Admin Day with your staff and students by recognizing all they do for your school. Try sending out a parent notification so that nobody forgets! Our SwiftK12 notification platform allows you to segment your lists so that your school admins won’t know the surprises to come.