It's that time of year again: time to show the teachers in your life how much they're appreciated. Teachers work hard all year long and the first week of May-- Teacher Appreciation Week-- is the perfect time to express your gratitude. There are many ways to celebrate this special week, including:
Host a breakfast. What better way to start the day than with a delicious, free breakfast? Recruit some volunteers to help you host a breakfast for the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Grab some fresh donuts or bagels and some freshly squeezed orange juice. Let the teachers relax, socialize, and enjoy a nice breakfast before their busy day begins.
Surprise them with an upgrade. Does the coffee maker in the break room look like it's several decades old? Imagine the teachers' surprise when they arrive at school to find a brand new single-cup coffee brewer. For an ongoing display of appreciation, consider having the PTO stock the break room with coffee pods on a monthly basis.
Give 'em a break. After clearing it with the principal, recruit some parent volunteers to give teachers a mental health break each day during Teacher Appreciation Week. One day, parent volunteers might cover lunch duty so the teachers can enjoy a quiet, relaxing lunch break. Another day, parents might take over playground supervision so teachers can socialize or take a breather during recess time.
Involve the students. Send a note home to parents a few weeks before Teacher Appreciation Week detailing plans for students to express their appreciation. Then, designate fun classroom activities for each day of the week. For example, on Monday, each student brings in one flower for the teacher. The flowers are collected in a beautiful bouquet and displayed in the classroom. On other days during the week, students can bring in small gift cards, sweet treats, and fruits. On the final day of Teacher Appreciation week, students can bring in homemade cards.
Say thank you. Don't underestimate the power of a simple thank you. Tell the teachers in your life just how much they mean to you. Let them know you notice their hard work and emphasize that their efforts are valued and appreciated. You can express your gratitude by email, handwritten note, or in person.
As a final tip, remember to appreciate teachers year-round. While it's nice to have a special week designated for showing gratitude, teachers deserve acknowledgement for their hard work every day.