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April 21, 2016
I've had kids in elementary school for a few years now and around this time I start thinking about Teacher Appreciation. We're fortunate to have really AMAZING teachers and I love to thank them for their hard work. You might be thinking the same. Pinterest will give you a lot of really cool and creative ideas. But if you're a busy parent and don't have time to create something, here is a list of five ideas that I've used:
1. A handwritten note. I know, nothing novel or new about this idea. But teachers really appreciate them. Some of them even keep these notes tucked away in a folder, and on a bad day they bring out that folder to encourage themselves.
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2. Bring them breakfast or lunch. I tried out this idea last year and it was a real hit. Most teachers bring their lunch, they don't have time to step away and go out for something to eat. So I just simply ask "Can I bring you lunch this week?" I ended up bringing BBQ from a local restaurant and it was well received. I plan to do this again next month.
3. Gift Cards. My mother-in-law works for Loudoun County schools and she appreciates receiving gift cards. It gives her a chance to treat herself to a coffee. She also seems to get quite a few iTunes cards and uses it to buy apps and music.
4. Ask the Classroom Mom. Sometimes the appointed Classroom Mom will ask the teacher for a wish list. Last year the teacher asked for post-it notes and other school supplies. It sounds practical and non-gifty right? (Is non-gifty is a word?). But quite often they will buy classroom supplies using money from their own pockets. It helps the teacher if they don't have to spend their own money for these items.
5. Offer your time. If you have some time ask the teacher if they could use help. It could be during the school day, or something your child sends home.
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Reusable Grocery Bag. It folds into a neat little rectangle and can be tucked away into a purse or bag.
Do you have other great ideas for Teacher Appreciation? Chime in on the comments below!