Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank a Teacher Today
Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, so take some time to thank the teachers (school instructors, tutors, coaches) who spend everyday nurturing your child’s education and development. Even if you don’t have time to pick out the perfect gift, a thoughtful note, a gift card, or an appreciative word would surely be welcome.
If you don’t have time to do something today, it’s National Teacher Appreciation Week all week long, so you can still celebrate teachers. In 1984, National PTA instituted the first week of May as a way to thank teachers for their ongoing efforts in helping children learn. In a recent press release, National PTA offered these suggestions for honoring teachers:
- All-school events: Host a breakfast or lunch. Plan a school assembly or classroom program to honor teachers.
- Parents’ thanks: Send a notice home with all students to request that parents take time to write a personal note to their children’s teachers or ask parents to e-mail teachers a note of thanks during the week.
- At the car wash: Coordinate a car wash and invite the school staff and teachers to get their vehicles washed for free. Hang a banner outside the school entrance to let the community know that “We love our teachers and staff.”
- Priceless thanks: Try arranging a few different ways for children to say how they feel about their teachers: personalized notes, poems, decorated paper flower petals, construction-paper clouds, or colorful handprints are some good ideas.
- Stress away day: Request a few professional massage therapists to come and give 15-minute head, neck, shoulder, hand, or foot massages to the teachers and staff during planning or lunch periods.
You can visit PTA.org for more ideas on how to thank teachers or join the Thank-A-Teacher Facebook group to share your ideas.
How are you thanking teachers this week? What are your ideas?