How To Celebrate Teacher Appreciation
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to feel lonely. When it comes to celebrating teacher appreciation, there are still ways to show your teachers and local child care providers you care without being in the same room. Here are a few of our favorite ways to shower your teachers with love and gratitude! (Plus, click here to see one of the ways our staff celebrated teachers this year during Teacher Appreciation Week!)
Gift Cards for Teacher Appreciation
Sending your favorite teacher a gift card can be a great way to show them how much you care. Many businesses are offering gift cards on their websites or over the phone to help practice social distancing. If you know some of the places that your teacher likes to visit, purchasing a gift card for them is a fantastic way to celebrate the impact that they’ve made on your child throughout the year. Here are some of our favorite local and national options for gift cards that would make a great teacher appreciation gifts:
- Lanoca Coffee Company
- Gwendy’s Goodies
- Villa Verde
- The Scullery
- Road Runner Cafe
- Simply Natural Creamery
- Blackbeard Coffee Roasters
- Giddy-Up Coffee House
- Great Harvest Bread
- Artisans Decorative Accessories & Fine Gifts
Thank You Cards for Teachers
There are few things better than a handwritten thank you card. Help your child create a card for their teacher using anything you have around the house! Not only is it a great way to celebrate your local teachers and child care providers, but it’s also a great way to enjoy some arts and crafts time with your little one. If you’re not able to hand-deliver your card, contact the school or child care facility where the teacher works and ask for their mailing address to send the card!
In addition to handmade cards, there are a variety of online options that you can create and send for free. Here are a few options we love!
If you want to include something extra, calling ahead to the school or child care provider to ensure that you can safely drop something off is essential. There are specific regulations that child care providers have put in place to lessen the spread of germs, so make sure whatever you’re bringing is going to be accepted before dropping it off!
Make a Teacher Thank You Video
Creating a quick video that you can post on social media or send to a teacher is an easy and free way to show your teachers how much they mean to you and your family. Creating a video is also a fantastic way to involve your child in the process. Hold your phone horizontally and record your child talking about how much they miss their teacher, show off the artwork or projects they’ve done while they’ve been home, or let your child say hello!
No matter how you choose to show your support of teachers and child care providers, it’s the thought that counts. Our child care providers and teachers are essential workers, showing up daily to care for and educate the children whose parents are working on the front lines to keep us safe, healthy, and fed. Now more than ever, it’s essential to show them how much we care.
Teacher Gifts For Their Classrooms
Each year, teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on decorating their classrooms and creating safe and welcoming spaces for their students. A fantastic way to shower them with love and appreciation is to donate to their classroom supply fund. Whether or not they publicize it, nearly every teacher has a list of items that they would love to receive to help decorate and personalize their classroom. Reach out to your child’s teacher and see how you can help support their efforts to make their classroom as welcoming as possible!
Show Love With Teacher Appreciation
No matter what time of year it is, it’s crucial to show our local teachers and child care providers how much they mean to us. When thinking about teacher appreciation, don’t forget to include the staff members who work behind the scenes.
We want to thank everyone who contributes to the health, safety, education, and love of our children: teachers, directors, teaching assistants, cooks, janitors, bus drivers, and so many more. Our community is in debt to you for the support and love you show our children every day. Thank you!
Please feel free to contact us with how you are thanking your teachers this year!