Let’s thank teachers for the impacts they’ve made in so many lives and the academic outcomes and improvements they’ve furthered for our nation’s students. Think of a teacher who helped or inspired you or your child along the road. Who would it be, and what would you say? Take a moment today to browse these tools and resources and say thank you to a teacher who has made a difference.
It sounds simple, but even the small act of a verbal thank you can make someone’s day. Did a teacher go above and beyond to help your child master a lesson? Did a teacher help you – as a former student – fall in love with a subject? Did a teacher help you – as a current student – overcome an obstacle? Let him or her know the next time you see each other (or write a quick e-mail).
Give a handwritten note
You don’t need fancy stationery for a note to be special. Handwritten notes convey time and thought spent on your thank you – they leave a lasting impression and become keepsakes for educators.
Bring an “apple” for the teacher
Apples have been associated with education for centuries and were traditionally given to teachers as gifts. Let’s help bring this tradition back, showing gratitude for our teachers with the simple gesture of a token of appreciation for the desk, be it a real apple, a handmade gift or a gift card!
Offer to help
Teachers do more than just teach. They are motivators, cheerleaders, mentors and the hardworking pit crew on every student’s path to success. Teachers’ jobs frequently require personal commitments spent outside of work time and work money in order to make their classrooms the best they can be. If you are a parent, a student or even a business, ask what you can do to help local teachers. Whether it’s through volunteering to help with a project, an in-kind donation or a sponsorship, no offer is too small to show appreciation in your community.
Visit a site like www.donorschoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to directly help classrooms in need – public school teachers are able to post project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
Contact your local parent-teacher association
Learn more from your local PTA about how you can help support teachers and their work in classrooms every day. These organizations have ready-made opportunities for parents to get involved in their child’s school.
Post a thank you to a teacher’s Facebook wall
For current or former teachers you are able to connect with via social media, consider posting this image to their Facebook wall with your own personal message:
Print a flyer
Use this flyer to print and post in your break room, office, school bulletin board, display case or wherever you’d like to promote the “Student-driven. Teacher-fueled.” message.
Visit our YouTube playlist to hear voices from Floridians thanking teachers for the impacts they’ve made.
Share Your Story
We’d love to hear from you. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and share your story of a teacher who helped or inspired you or your child along the road!