Many teachers across the country are reporting more stress amid an ongoing pandemic.
According to the Nebraska State Education Association, Nebraska teachers are experiencing burn out, working more hours and losing crucial planning time amid workforce shortages.
A Nebraska rancher is showing his appreciation for educators across the globe with his latest cattle art design.
David Schuler, a rancher near Bridgeport, Nebraska, said he has heard first hand the struggles and challenges that educators have faced this year.
“Being in the agriculture industry, I am familiar with long days and increased stress,” Schuler said. “From one critical industry to another, I want to thank all of those who are educating the next generation.”
Earlier this week, he designed a social media message to thank educators for their hard work during the pandemic.
Schuler used his feed wagon to spread feed in the shape of an apple. His red angus cattle did the rest of the work while he flew his drone overhead to snap a picture.
In the past, Schuler has drawn his ranch brand, a giant heart and he has spelled out “beef” to replicate the iconic Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. Brand.
Last year, he designed a tribute to the health care workers. The image went viral and the message was shared across the world.
Schuler said he is grateful that his cattle art designs have been so popular, but he hopes the underlying message in the art is understood.
“The last two years have shown us just how formative educators are in shaping the future,” Schuler said. “This Christmas season, know that your hard work does not go unnoticed and we’re so grateful for all that you do in and out of the classroom.”