Education support professionals drive the buses, clean the buildings, prepare the meals, and bandage the scraped knees. They also include the hall monitors, paraeducators, office assistants, and technicians. ESPs are often the first to arrive at school and the last to leave, and schools couldn’t operate without them. Education Support Professionals Day was first celebrated in 1987 after the National Education Association’s (NEA’s) Representative Assembly called for the creation of a way to honor contributions of school support staff. USD 475 employs over 600 support professionals: secretaries, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers, and others that help and do their part in making this district one that students can be safe, learn, grow, and achieve. National Education Support Professionals Day is annually observed on the Wednesday during American Educational Week, honoring those that provide invaluable services that are essential in the education process.