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May 2, 2011

5 Ways to Show Appreciation to your Childs Teacher

It's Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday May 2nd- Friday May 6th.  This week is set aside to honor those men and women who work tirelessly in an effort to prepare the future leaders of our nation.  Most would agree that teachers along with many other service positions receive pay that is far less equitable than that of the job they perform.  One of the many ways we can counter act such inequalities is to provide acknowledgment and gratitude for a job well done.

Here are 5 simple ways to appreciate your child's teacher this week.


1. Handwritten Note- Gone are the days of handwritten heartfelt expressed thank you's.  There is something to be said about the formality and genuine emotion in a letter written by hand.  Be sure to include a your sincere thank you for their sacrifice as an educator, stand in parent, and friend.

2. Baked Goods- Who doesn't like a box of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.  Wrap these goodies in a beautiful box and include a bow and wow those teachers.  Be sure to include a small note with the recipe in case they want to make them again.

3. Gift Cards- I love gift cards they make the perfect gift!  Take time to ask your children about their teachers likes and dislikes.  Then purchase gift cards for some of their favorites.  Gift cards for Starbucks, lunches at their favorite restaurants, or a pedicure can go a long way!

4. Give Flowers- Teacher appreciation week happens to fall on the same week as Mother's Day weekend meaning flowers are EVERYWHERE! Most teachers would be appreciative of floral arrangements that arrive at the school as a small thank you for a job well done.  Not interested in deliveries then send a simple rose or two with your kids in the morning to brighten the teachers day.

5. Provide breakfast or lunch- Send your kids in with some donuts or blueberry muffins as a way to provide a thank you.  Arrive during lunch time with a salad or burgers from the teachers favorite restaurant this gesture is a small token of appreciation that can certainly put a smile on a teachers face!


Whatever you decide to do, be sure to do something for teachers across America.  Also take time out to thank your librarians, p.e. teachers. cafeteria workers, janitors, and office staff.  All of these individuals work together to make our schools run smoothly!

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