May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week—an opportunity to say “thank you” to teachers, staff and volunteers for their hard work. A simple “thank you” can mean the world to them and shows that you recognize the talent it takes to guide our leaders of tomorrow. To say thanks, do something they won’t forget!
Reasoning and seasoning: BBQ theme
Kick off the week with an outdoor picnic-style lunch to show your appreciation. Have students serve the food and beverages. Ask parents to help monitor students during the lunch hour, so all teachers can enjoy the celebration. Send them off with custom-printed coolers and blankets to continue their picnicking throughout the summer.
Growing young minds: Gardening theme
Plant a tree in the school yard in honor of your staff, or ask classrooms to purchase a plant for their teacher’s desktop. You can also give them the tools and supplies to grow a garden at home. Pack it all into a gardening bag or colorful tote bag imprinted with your school’s logo.
Smart brew: Coffee theme
Give teachers a warm welcome each morning as they come in to school. Work with students and parents to set up a serving station and offer coffee, tea, muffins and fruit to teachers to start their day. Serve beverages in a reusable mug imprinted with a personalized thank-you message for a continued reminder of your appreciation.
For keeping students on course: Golf theme
For a fun activity, set up a mini putting green inside the school gym. Each day, teachers can try their hand at golf. Staff members with the longest putt will receive a prize. Include golf-related prizes, such as tee packs, towels or umbrellas in your school colors.
With a thoughtful celebration, your hard-working teachers will know that they are appreciated this week and throughout the year!
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