Since Powerful Words will be celebrating teachers, coaches, instructors, and mentors this month with our annual Teacher Appreciation Week, you might be wondering how to show gratitude for the greats. Whether you’re a student, parent, grandparent, or community member, you likely come into contact with some wonderful teachers who you would like to thank.
Everyone likes to be told that they’re doing a great job. Our teachers are some of our most valuable resources whether they teach your children during the school day or in the after school hours.
Here are some ideas to get the most powerful parents started:
(1) Send out a press release: Press releases are simple and free. Write up a letter from the class or school and send it to the press for all the community to see. Send a picture of the teacher or of the teacher with his or her students with the press release.
(2) Prepare a meal: Take turns with some other parents bringing in breakfast or lunch for the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.
(3) Send a note of gratitude: Take time to write something really special. Teachers appreciate your words of support. Site specific ways that they have helped your children or family. You might think that “everyone” will send a note of appreciation—but many won’t. Be the person who provides a heartfelt thanks to a favorite teacher. You can even send a free e-card!
(4) Give a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant: Sometime during the month ask your teacher’s friend about which restaurant is a top-pick or ask the teacher where s/he might suggest you take your spouse to lunch or dinner over the weekend. Then get the gift certificate and surprise the teacher!
(5) Give a gift certificate for a massage, manicure/pedicure, or facial: Many teachers don’t take the time to pamper themselves. Give them the gift of relaxation as a real treat!
(6) Personalize t-shirts or coffee mugs: Take a picture of the class or have the children make a special collage and get it transferred onto a shirt or mug for posterity!
(7) Picture it: Take a picture of the class and put it into a special picture frame for the teacher to hang up in the classroom or keep in her home office. You can even personalize the picture frame with the teacher’s name, the grade, and the year with a little engraved brass tag or ask an artistic friend to paint it right onto frame.
(8) Before of after-class surprise: Bring in muffins, a cake, or pizza before or after class so that teachers can enjoy a special well-deserved treat.
(9) Walk of fame: Borrow or purchase a red carpet, roll of felt, or paint butcher paper red and tape it down in the center hallway. Make gold stars with each teacher’s name on one. Have the school greet the teachers as they enter the school, take pictures (paparazzi) and celebrate!
(10) Have a give-back day: The best way to show gratitude is to give back! Help clean the school, paint, and wash the windows! Raise money for the teachers’ favorite charity. Plant a tree or some flowers! Donate some books to the library in their honor! Refill their supply closet! There are many things you can do to give back to the people who’ve helped your family all year long!
We love our teachers, coaches, instructors, and mentors!