Creative ways to thank teachers

Sep 4, 2018 by

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A great teacher is a gift that can last a lifetime. So how to show our thanks?

Many teachers say their favorite gifts are homemade. Presents that speak to a child’s genuine feelings for the teacher, or reflect the teacher’s interests, are the most authentic. Time and thought trump money.

Gifts can be from your individual child, or something a whole class can participate in.

Oh, and don’t forget to also show gratitude to your school’s security folks, kitchen staff, administration, maintenance crew … all the people who make the school tick.

At my kids’ school in New York City, a small group of parents created a Cookie of the Month initiative. Every month, a couple of grades are asked to bake a specific type of cookie, which changes month to month. Parents and kids can volunteer to bake a batch, and then the cookies are collected in the cafeteria on a certain day and distributed in cookie jars and cute containers with signage saying thanks. The baking responsibility is distributed among all grades throughout the year, and many parents and kids take the opportunity to bake together.

Some other ideas:

Crafty projects

Older kids can make tote bags with appreciative messages written in permanent markers, or decorate the classroom door with notes and artwork as a surprise. Little kids can create a tote bag with, say, hand prints in non-washable paint; word clouds with words and phrases that the kids associate with their teacher; thumbprints collected on a sturdy poster board that can be turned into a bouquet of balloons or leaves on a tree.

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