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Billy Joel, Alicia Keys and More Celebs Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week With Heartwarming Stories

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With parents having to homeschool their kids every week due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we think it's safe to say teachers across the country are feeling more appreciated than ever right now!

May 4-8 marks Teacher Appreciation Week, and ET is rounding up all the ways people are celebrating the men and women who educate our nation's children. 

Pitbull was one of the first celebrities to pay tribute, tweeting, "My teacher, Hope Martinez, saw talent in me when no one else did. She told me “the biggest risk you take, is not taking one". Let’s honor all of our teachers this week #TeacherAppreciationWeek."

"Big LOVE to all the teachers out there! WOW! You are incredible!!!" Alicia Keys added in her own post. "You are priceless!! There will never be a way to properly thank you for all you do and all you give!! #TeacherAppreciationWeek."

Billy Joel shared similar sentiments, thanking a former teacher who encouraged him to become a musician. 

William Daniels, who starred as the beloved Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World, recorded a special video message to teachers, aka the "unsung heroes" of our world.

"I'm here to encourage you to show some appreciation for the unsung heroes that help shape the future generations," the 93-year-old actor raved in an E! News video. "Our teachers provide us with so much. They're there for you in your formative years, supply the knowledge you need to take on the world, and even give you unsolicited advice from behind the fence in their backyard."

"I'm talking to you, Mr. Matthews," he added, before quoting one of his most iconic lines from the series. "So thank your teachers today and every day and remember, as much as you learn from them, they learn from you. As my final piece of teacherly advice: believe in yourselves, dream, try, do good. I love you all. Class dismissed."

Meanwhile, in Swansea, Massachusetts, teachers and staff hopped in their cars and went around town waving hello to their students in a drive-by parade that started at Brown Elementary and ended at Cole's Landing.

“The teachers, they are so wonderful," Claudette Bourassa, a grandparent to two children in the district, told her local news station. "There's no words to express how good they are. Waving to all of these students and just making them feel so comfortable and happy."

“It can be depressing locked inside. Seeing the turnout of the students, the parents, elderly people who have nothing to do with the school system," added Emily Estrela, a teacher at Brown Elementary. "It was just amazing to see everybody outside smiling."

Swansea teachers wave hello to students in drive-by parade

Students in Swansea got quite a treat today... a DRIVE-BY PARADE from their teachers! The staff at E.S. Brown and Gardner elementary schools hopped in their cars and hit the neighborhoods to wave hello to their students who are at home #DistanceLearning! SO much cuteness. ABC6 News https://www.abc6.com/swansea-teachers-wave-hello-to-students-in-drive-by-parade/

Posted by Amanda Pitts ABC6 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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(Stamford, Connecticut): Luciana Lira, a bilingual teacher at a Stamford elementary school, received a desperate call from one of her student’s mothers, Zully. Zully and her whole family had COVID-19 — she was about to deliver a premature baby, could barely talk and needed help. “Miss Lira” didn’t hesitate to respond to the plea and offer to take in the baby, all the while, still teaching remotely to her students and raising her own family. Hart Magnet Elementary School principal , Linda Darling, said Miss Lira was and a hero, “asked to care for a newborn baby during a pandemic when she herself was concerned for the welfare of her own child and family. In a split second, Ms. Lira said ‘yes,’ and totally committed her time and efforts to seeing that this baby was nurtured emotionally and cared for as one of her own.” #truehero # Una madre con COVID-19 llamó desesperadamente a la profesora Luciana Lira la profesora bilingüe de Stamford Elementary School de su hijo para pedir ayuda. Toda su familia tenía COVID-19 y estaba a punto de dar luz . La profesora no dudó en ofrecer ayuda aunque sigue dando clases y tiene su propia familia. La directora del colegio dice que Lira es un héroe y que no pensó dos veces en ofrecer ayuda al recién nacido aunque tiene su propia familia decidió dedicar tiempo y esfuerzos para asegurarse de que el bebé estuviera en buenas manos y tuviera el cariño como si fuera ella la madre. #heroe

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For more stories that are bringing us joy amid quarantine, check out ET's Good News section here.

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