Teachers are always giving. And they often do it on their own time and their own dime.
With National Teacher Appreciation Week a few weeks away (May 2–6), we want to help you plan in advance so you and your kids don’t feel rushed figuring out what to do at the last minute.
Let’s join together to celebrate the men and women who shape and support our kids through life’s learning curves! Because without them, we’d all be a little lost.
Encourage your kids to appreciate the hard work their teachers do by writing a kind note, putting together a special gift, or sharing how they can win a free vacation (we’re not kidding). Here are eight fun ways to say thanks on any budget.
1. All-Inclusive Vacation
Yes, you read that right! You don’t have to fork over a dime. All you have to do is send them a link to enter Dave Ramsey’s Teacher Appreciation Giveaway, sponsored by Zander Insurance Group, throughout the month of April. Teachers can enter for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two, a $500 gift card to use in their classroom, or a school assembly with Ramsey Personality Anthony ONeal.
2. Thank-You Notes
Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” If your child does only one thing, have him or her write out a few kind words. And if they’re hard-pressed for ideas, try an acrostic with their teacher’s name. Short, sweet, meaningful and a gift the teacher will probably keep for years.
3. Gift Cards
Whether it’s $5 for their favorite latte or $25 for a night at the movies, teachers will love a gift card to help them unwind from the daily grind. Get your kids involved by allowing them to help choose between a few preselected cards.
4. Wildflowers or Classroom Plant
Know of a great spot to pick wildflowers or daffodils? Be sure to ask for permission first, then let your kiddos select and arrange a bouquet. If you’d rather buy a plant, go with one that thrives indoors. Consider including a self-watering pot or small vase with your gift.
5. Baked Goods
Teachers and apples go together like No. 2 pencils and end-of-year testing. That’s why it makes perfect sense to use every teacher’s favorite fruit to make a delicious pie or a dozen muffins. Since your kids are pros at making messes anyway, let them participate by measuring, mixing and destroying the kitchen with you.
Got an artist on your hands? Ask if they’d like to draw a portrait of their favorite teacher. Or if they’re more into coloring, help them print a “World’s Best Teacher” certificate from the Internet. For really young kids, one-of-a-kind doodles with a simple (parent-written) “Thank You” should do the trick.
7. Tote Bag With Supplies
Teachers are forever loaded down with books and binders. That’s why a durable canvas tote is an awesome way to say thanks. Have your child fill it up with snacks, highlighters and notepads from the dollar store.
8. Massage or Manicure
This one’s a splurge. But if your child’s teacher is consistently going above and beyond to help his or her students, why not pamper them with a trip to the spa? Couple this with your child’s hand-written thank-you note, and you’ll make their teacher’s month.
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From a few kind words to a favorite gift card, there’s no wrong way to express your appreciation to the great teachers in your child’s life. Showing your kids how to be grateful from an early age will stick with them (and with their teachers) for a lifetime.
Dave Ramsey’s Teacher Appreciation Giveaway, sponsored by Zander Insurance Group, runs throughout the month of April. Teachers can enter at daveramsey.com/teacher.