Day after day.
Week after week.
Month after month.
Year after year.
Teachers pour sweat, sanity, and sleeplessness into what they do for our kids and communities. They may oversee your kiddo’s pre-school class, lead your Sunday School class, teach your third grader division, or are your college or grad school professor.
These teachers make mighty sacrifices to serve your kids, grandkids, and you.
This week is Teacher’s Appreciation Week, but I suspect anytime is a good time to recognize these hardworking men and women.
Here are 7 ways to say, “Thank You”:
1. Treat them with a gift card.
Find out their favorite restaurant, or dig up the hip, new restaurant in town. Treat them to a gift card to Massage Envy or a local spa. Grab them a certificate for Rothy’s—a great pair of shoes for standing all day. This gift can be a perfect excuse for them to splurge—not always an option on a teacher’s budget.
2. Invite them to a year of Flourishing.
What a better way to invest in them than thanking them for helping your child helping them flourish with the Flourish: 52 Week Devotional.
One customer shared this with us last year: “Flourish was the perfect way to share God’s love with the teachers investing in my daughters. We do not know where they stand spiritually, but it was a beautiful tool to thank them for helping our daughters ‘flourish’ in school.” – Julie
3. Put together a THANK YOU book.
Ask others in the class to write letters and share stories of how their teaching impacted them. These words encourage, reenergize, and remind teachers why they do what they do. It only takes a little organization, but can speak volumes of love and thanks to your teacher.
4. Bring them a mug full of love.
Discover your teacher’s favorite type of coffee or Starbucks order and bring them a mug-full as a surprise. Not coffee drinkers? First, find out their secrets on how to survive without coffee. Then, discover their favorite beverage—Are they La Croix people? Coke or Pepsi? Sweet or unsweet tea? Bring a few cases and stock them up.
5. Remind them they aren’t forgotten.
Are you or your kids long out of school? Dig up email addresses off the school’s website or physical addresses of your old teachers. Write them notes of thanks—be sure to include old memories and an update on where you are now. These notes can be a sweet reminder of why teachers do the work they do.
6. Offer to deep clean their classroom.
Disinfect toy bins, wash fingerprinted walls, dust baseboards, and reorganize the bookshelf. A teacher’s classroom is their home-away-from-home. They may appreciate help resetting at the end of the year.
7. Give them a chance to be the student.
Pick up a copy of the Pursuing God workbook and DVD. Genesis and the Gospel of John are written to spark a desire to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Together, we will study the start of humanity to Jesus hunched in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Invite your teacher to awaken to the Lord’s beauty and love in a fresh and transformative way.