Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation week with some easy and inexpensive ideas to show how much you value your child’s teacher this week.
Today marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Even though my son is in fourth grade, I do not recall participating in this celebration before. In trying to find ideas for my son’s teacher, I learned that the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) began National Teacher Appreciation Week back in 1984 to “honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.”
As a working mom, I do not have many opportunities to volunteer my time at my children’s schools. But, there are many ways we can express our gratitude for a teacher’s role in the foundation of education.
- Write a letter telling him or her how much you appreciate something specific that was done for your child.
- Donate supplies for the next school year (teacher supplies or student supplies).
- Give a movie gift certificate (a local theater, Redbox, or Netflix) and some movie theater size candy bars.
- Prepare a fruit tray.
- Send flowers.
- Make arrangements with school administrators to host a class pizza party. This can easily be done on your lunch hour with a few takeout pizzas.
- Ask your child what he or she appreciates the most about their teacher, take a picture of him/her, and include it in a thank you card.
- Give a bookstore gift certificate (a local bookstore or Barnes & Noble).