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Teachers are an underappreciated bunch, often working with depleted resources and low salaries. And the enormous contributions of teachers have perhaps never been more apparent than during the current global health crisis.
With many schools moving to online learning and parents taking on the role of educator and task-manager, there’s a great appreciation for teaching now. And Reese Witherspoon is doing a little something to say “thank you” to educators.
Witherspoon’s clothing brand Draper James just launched an initiative to give back to teachers during this uncertain time. The brand says the initiative, called “Draper James Loves Teachers,” is a way to thank those who are “tirelessly working to educate our children during this unprecedented time.”
To show that appreciation, Draper James is giving free dresses to teachers across the country.
“Teachers are working harder than ever as they transition their classrooms to remote-learning platforms and many parents now helping teach their kids at home see firsthand just how much effort goes into educating our children,” Witherspoon said in a press release.
“These past few weeks have shown me so much about humanity. I’m an eternal optimist, so I always look for the bright side of things,” she continued. “And I have been so encouraged by the ways people are really showing up for each other, particularly the teachers.”
To claim a dress, teachers can enter their information via a Google Form from now through April 5. On April 7, eligible teachers will receive an email from Draper James with details to receive their complimentary dress.
“During quarantine, teachers are broadcasting lessons from their own homes and figuring out new remote-learning technology and platforms on-the-fly, all while continuing to educate and connect with our kids,” Witherspoon says. “Advocating for the children of the world is no easy task, so I wanted to show teachers a little extra love right now.”
Draper James will also offer teachers 25 percent off online orders for Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5.
Whether you’re a teacher or not, check out some of the brand’s gorgeous dresses below.
Shop: Striped Eyelet Love Circle Dress, $135
Shop: Flounce Shift Dress, $78
Shop: Striped Eyelet Flutter Sleeve Wrap Dress, $150
Shop: V-Neck Button Front Dress, $80
Shop: Sailor Stripe Flounce Shift Dress, $98
Shop: Collared Seersucker Shift Dress, $115
Shop: Flutter Wrap Dress, $78
Shop: Printed Denim Shift, $125
Shop: Chambray Midi Wrap Dress, $125
Shop: Denim Shift Dress, $115
Shop: Printed Swiss Dot Smocked Dress, $150
Shop: Floral Ponte Fit and Flare Dress, $88
Shop: Chambray Shirtdress, $115
Shop: Textured Shift Sweater Dress, $150
Shop: Heart Lace Flounce Shoulder Dress, $175
If you liked this story, check out the story behind how an insult inspired Witherspoon to create her own company.
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