This year, Teacher Appreciation Week falls from May 3-7. Within that week, Tuesday, May 4th is National Teacher Day. It’s worth taking some time to think about teacher appreciation, because it’s the perfect time to let the teachers in your program know how special they are. Gifts do not need to cost a lot of money. Consider a small gesture such as writing a handwritten note to the teachers or posting to your program’s social media pages, noting why they matter to you, the children, the parents, the program overall. Create a special bulletin board for teachers, where parents, staff, and visitors can see it displayed. Send an email to the parents, asking them to have the children make a special craft or card for their teacher. Maybe the parents would also like to offer a note of their gratitude. Offer the teachers extra planning time, an extended lunch break or allow them to adjust their work hours for a week, if you have enough staff coverage.
If you have a small budget for gifts, you can find or create small teacher-themed gifts to show appreciation, such as a fun Teacher Survival Kit. Pinterest has a plethora of ideas! For something really fun, you could lay down a piece of red carpet and some velvet roping and take pictures of staff as they arrive and display them in your building. You may also ask your teachers for suggestions of items they need/want for their classrooms. You could also buy them breakfast or lunch one day from a local restaurant to show your appreciation or do a potluck, asking parents to donate items.
I have included some websites below with some additional free and low-cost ideas for you.
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