This week, May 5-11th is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. What a wonderful opportunity we have this week to honor and recognize some of the most influential people in our children’s lives! Not sure how to make a teacher feel special? Here are a few suggestions:
- Thank you card. It’s so simple, but cards will never go out of style, and they can be saved forever!
- Local handmade gifts. If you do decide to purchase a gift, keep it simple and do not spend a lot of money.
- Have your child write a list of ways they impacted him or her.
- Gift card.
- Nominate them for a teaching award.
- Bring him or her lunch from their favorite restaurant.
- Have each student bring a flower one day and put them together into a bouquet for her.
- Donate supplies for the classroom.
- Chocolates, desserts, treats. They are never a bad idea!
- Fun gifts like brownie mix in a jar for a treat they can easily make at their convenience.
- A hanging basket. Flowers always make a beautiful gift.
Remember that it is the thought that counts. Most teachers would agree that even the smallest gestures are greatly appreciated!