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Teacher Appreciation Week May 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, People.

Mr-Mackey-mmkayIt’s Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3 – May 7) . . .

As noted in the last post, The Right Frame of Reference, educators can make a profound difference in the lives of our children.

If you’re looking for a Green Gift Idea for the Teacher(s) in your child’s life (to present now or at year-end), consider creating a hand-made Thank You card:

* Ask your school-aged children to create a list of their five favorite things from each teacher’s classroom this school year. An option for pre-schoolers:  have them draw a picture.

* Insert the list (or drawing) into a Thank You note to each  teacher.

* Personalize each card with a photo of your child.

If the educators in your child’s life have inspired, encouraged, or applauded your child’s efforts, maybe it’s time to give them a pat on the back.

And if you are a teacher . . . THANKS!

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. nancycurteman - May 6, 2010

Having been a teacher for many years and a school principal for 17 years, I know what I’m talking about when I say that I applaud your gift suggestions. They will mean more to a teacher then any purchased gift. Oh–and you’re welcome.

2. Betsy Leon - May 6, 2010

Love your ideas, not sure what my kids will want to do this year.
In elementary it was easy, 1 teacher. Now in Middle school and High School six or 7 teachers.

3. nrhatch - May 6, 2010

Teachers in middle school and high school probably receive even less recognition than those in the grade schools.

Maybe your girls could orchestrate their classes to sing to the teacher at the beginning of each period on Friday:

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to You
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to You
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, Mr./Ms./Mrs. ?
We Thank You For ALL You Do! : )

4. Joanne - May 6, 2010

Thanks for acknowledging us, Nancy… and true enough, my kids in my middle school SDC are not into this whole appreciation thing.
However, I played off of that reality with a little theatrics — at the beginning of the week…

“Okay, for those of you who just MIGHT care about any of your teachers at ALL — not mentioning any names here…(clearing my throat)…Uh-hem… this week is Teacher Appreciation Week… So, would it be too much to ask you to just go easy on me this week…?”

One of our most behaviorly-challenged kids jumps out of his seat and gives me a big bear hug… “I appreciate you, Miss Joanne…”

That hug will last forever…!

Talk about Green gifts…Yesterday, I made about seven loaves of bread — organic unbleached flour and lots of other wholesome ingredients, including freshly cut GREEN rosemary… I wrapped them in ziplock bags and tied white packaging string around them. My daughter took them to her two charter school teachers and the Boys & Girls Club where she gets before and after-school care. As a single parent, I am thankful for what they do so that I can keep working to support us.

5. nrhatch - May 6, 2010

That’s so cool, Joanne ~ both the hug and the bread!

It’s good to be appreciated.

6. theonlycin - June 4, 2010

Thanks for linking me to this Nancy.
We, as a family, took a decision years ago that, instead of giving arbitrary boxes of chocolates to the 7 teachers who educate our daughter, we make one substantial donation to an animal shelter and put a copy of the deposit slip into a christmas card for each teacher.

nrhatch - June 4, 2010

That is an AWESOME idea! Love it.

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