May 7–11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week! Whether it’s finding ways to fund supplies their students need or accommodating each student’s unique learning style, our nation’s teachers face many challenges each day. It’s an increasingly complex job that doesn’t often garner much attention or appreciation.
In honor of these dedicated professionals, we want to share some ideas for how you can thank the teachers in your community.
Meaningful Ways to Thank a Teacher
Here are a few ways you can express your appreciation to an educator during National Teacher Appreciation Week:
- Send a thoughtful, handwritten thank you note.
- Purchase supplies for the classroom—teachers often buy these using their own money.
- Write a letter to the editor in your local newspaper.
- Purchase an ad in your local newspaper and add a photo of your child’s or grandchild’s teacher with a note of appreciation.
- Invite teachers who made a difference in your child’s life to their college graduation party.
- Have your children or grandchildren write thank you letters.
- Get involved at school—even if your children are grown and graduated.
- Join the parent-teacher association.
- Advocate for your schools with local and national legislators.
- Work with members of your community to host a teacher appreciation event in conjunction with a local spa, restaurant, or sports venue.
- Give teachers a shout-out on social media.
- Have flowers delivered to them during National Teacher Appreciation Week or on their birthday.
- Create a fun video with students and parents thanking the teachers and staff at their school.
- Purchase a gift card for the teacher to their favorite coffee shop, salon, or restaurant.
- Send a letter to the principal highlighting specific instances where the teacher has made a difference in your child’s life.
Don’t Forget to Thank Retired Teachers
At Sunrise communities across the country, you will find retired teachers among the residents who are thriving and enjoying their next chapter in life. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that they are continuing to make a difference in the world around them.
Stories like this one highlighting how retired teacher Jean Williams helped change the life of a team member at Sunrise of Poland, OH, prove the old adage is true: once a teacher, always a teacher.
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