By Vicki Little
Teacher Appreciation Week is here, and if you are like me then you have procrastinated and are now wondering what you are going to do! No fear! I am not judging you, and I am here to help with five fast and fun gifts to show your teachers that you appreciate all that they have done this past year!
1) Letter to both them and the principal: Pretty much everyone feels over-worked and under-appreciated at some point or another, and the end of a school year is a pretty hectic time for teachers! Make sure they get the recognition and the thanks they deserve by writing a heartfelt letter about the wonderful things they did this year that made a difference for you and your child. Be sure to send it to your teacher AND their boss.
2) Volunteer: At the end of the year teachers need help! Especially when they need to tear down their whole classroom before summer starts. Offer to be there when they could use the help…on the last day of school!
3) Lunch gift card: Get a random bundle of gift cards in small amounts to places like Starbucks, Subway, Coldstone, Barnes and Noble etc. This way they can get a pick-me-up that they like the most when they need it the most.
4) Flowers or a cute potted plant: Have your student be a little spy and ask the teacher what his/her favorite flower is and then get it! Or a cute little potted plant (one that doesn’t need to be planted outside is usually best). You can also get a bonsai tree that they can have in their classroom all year long!
5) School supply donation or school supplies: This works best if you know that the teacher will still be teaching next year and what grade they will be teaching. You can get some books for the classroom, extra Kleenex and sanitizer, pencils, crayons, or even a gift card to Office Depot! If there is one thing any teacher can use more of it is school supplies!
What gift are you giving to your child’s favorite teacher this year?
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Vicki Little is a work-at-home mom with two young kids. A Colorado native, she is the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Aurora and Downtown Denver. When she isn’t writing or trying to keep up with her kids she can be found volunteering, reading, or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends.