Stop what you’re doing and take a moment to think about where you would be without the amazing teachers in your life. Whether they helped you in school, opened the door to new interests that led you to your career, or helped better your own children, it’s easy to see how integral teachers are in our lives.
Maybe you even realize you don’t take enough time to really appreciate what teachers have done for you and your friends and family.
Luckily, the first week of May is a designated time to celebrate those hard-working educators who make a difference every single day.
Here are some ways to say, “Thank you!” to teachers and remind them how much their work shapes all of our lives!
HOST A TEACHER BREAKFAST
Whether you’re an administrator or parent in the community, this is a great way to work together and thank the teachers of your local school. Choose a morning where you can come in and coordinate a delicious breakfast for the teachers. Nothing says thank you quite like a sweet and savory start to the day. And make sure there is plenty of coffee!
SEND A THANK YOU NOTE
Send a handwritten note to a teacher, telling him exactly how valuable he is. Teachers are often spinning many plates, and don’t even realize how much they contribute to their school and community.. A chance to reflect with a heartfelt and specific thank you will remind them that even when the day is stressful, they are doing important work.
PASS ALONG A SMALL GIFT
Whether it’s donuts, cookies or cupcakes, send some treats to the teacher one day during the week to say thank you and give her a nice snack to enjoy. The same sentiment can be achieved with a gift card to a coffee shop or local restaurant. It doesn’t need to be pricey, just something to remind them that you know how hard they’re working and what a great job they do.
Offer to come in for a bit during the school day to take over the class so the teacher can take a well-deserved break to have a snack or simply step outside. The students will enjoy having a visitor in the classroom and the teacher will be happy to recharge for a bit.
Teacher Appreciation Week is the opportune time to say, “Thank You!” to the teachers who work their hardest to ensure our children are reaching their potential. Teachers will appreciate any way you see fit to say it!