Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is National Teacher Appreciation week. The National Education Association has many ideas that you can do:

In the Community
Run congratulatory messages on electronic signs outside banks or other businesses, or on billboards, banners or storefront signs.

Offer teachers discounts on purchases made on Teacher Day.

Invite teachers to a before-school "coffee, juice and pastries" salute at a local grocery store or other business - or even in a school parking lot (think tailgate party!).

In School
Consider the following actions that may be taken up by a school volunteer organization:

Hang a sign on each classroom door saluting, by name, the teacher within.

Have National Honor Society, Student Council or other student groups furnish punch and cookies for the teacher's lounge on Teacher Day.

Give teachers candy, apples or other food gifts with appropriate notes attached (e.g., fortune cookies with a note about how fortunate the school is to have a teacher of such high caliber).

Provide balloon bouquets and flowers for every teachers' lounge.

Set up a lunchtime "Relaxation and Rejuvenation Spa" on Teacher Day, where teachers are treated to hand, foot, back and neck massages, perhaps while being serenaded by a student or parent playing a mellow cello.

Now...don't get me wrong...all of these ideas are great...(a spa? during lunch? Fabulous!)...however, take it from this teacher....a simple hand written 'thank you' goes a long way.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

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