National Teacher’s Day: 10 Ways to Say Thank You
Being a teacher is more than grading papers and jotting down notes on a whiteboard. It’s runny noses and scraped knees. It’s exhilaration after overcoming bouts of frustration. It’s laughter after the tears. One thing that being a teacher is not? Appreciated as much as it should be. That’s why showing your child’s teacher that you care is important.
National Teacher Appreciation week takes place the first full week in May every year. In 2019, National Teacher Day will be held on Tuesday, May 7. This is the perfect opportunity to thank a special teacher (or 2!) in your life, but how? We’ve got 10 ways to thank a teacher that don’t cost a lot of time or money but are priceless to them.
1. Gift Cards
There are 2 schools of thought when it comes to gift cards: personal and classroom use. Did you know most teachers pay for much of the supplies in their classrooms out of their own bank account? How nice would it be to give them a well-deserved break and help alleviate some of the burden? The special teacher in your life will be so surprised – and grateful – to receive a gift card from the following:
- Teachers Pay Teachers
- Dollar Tree
- Hobby Lobby
For personal use, consider giving a gift card to a local massage studio, pedicure salon, coffee shop, or local restaurant so they can enjoy some “me time.”
2. Classroom Supplies
All teachers are grateful to receive gift cards to purchase classroom supplies but they’re just as happy to receive donated items! Look back to the class supply list you received at the beginning of the year and you’ll likely find
- Hand sanitizer
- Paper towels
- Sanitary wipes
These are inexpensive items you can find anywhere. Why not pick up an extra roll of paper towels or box of tissues while you’re grocery shopping and send it to school with our child?
3. Cafeteria Credit
Did you know that there’s a good chance your child’s teacher has to pay for their own lunches at the school’s cafeteria? Many teachers bring their own lunch to save a few bucks, but they’d appreciate having some credit for a drink, piece of fruit or even dessert!
Check with the school cafeteria manager and find out if your child’s teacher has an account and if so, tell them you’d like to add some funds to show them you care.
4. Basket of Snacks
Many school districts now have very stringent rules when it comes to sending in snacks and treats to share with the kids, but they’re usually more lenient when it comes to teachers. However, you should check with your child’s school to make sure you’re not breaking any rules. Snacks to consider
- Cheese & crackers
- Cracker-type snacks (Cheez-its, Goldfish, etc.)
- Fruit bars
You can also include the teacher’s favorite candy or powdered drink mix.
Whether they’re brand new from a bookstore or book club, or gently used out of your personal library, teachers love getting donated (age-appropriate) books. Take a look at the books your child has outgrown or already read and see if there are any you can donate to the school’s library, if the teacher doesn’t have a use for them.
6. Your Time
That’s right. Your time is invaluable to a teacher. Find out if there are any opportunities to volunteer your time like as a field trip chaperone or even making crafts for an upcoming celebration in school.
7. Pencil Sharpener
Believe it or not, some teachers still require students to handwrite their work in pencil, not to mention all the testing that goes on through the year. A new electric pencil sharpener may sound trivial to you, but it’s a lifesaver for many educators.
One thing that will never change is the amount of work teachers need to grade. It makes their lives a lot easier and will put a smile on their face to see a new set of stamps and stickers! You can also include colored pens and markers for an added touch.
9. Thank You Note
Do you know what’s better than a teacher receiving a thank you note from one of her students? Receiving a thank you note from the student’s parent as well. Take a few minutes with your child to help them write out all the reasons why they’re thankful for their teacher. Then, take a few more minutes to share your own thoughts with him/her.
10. Ask Them!
Finally, ask them! It’s that simple. Send an email or a handwritten note asking them what you can do to relieve a burden from their shoulders. It might be some classroom supplies or donated time. You’ll know exactly what they need the most and be able to accommodate their request quickly.