You know that bumper sticker that says, “If you can read this, thank a teacher”? It’s the literal truth. While most of us spend more time thinking about reality TV stars and pro athletes, teachers are among the few people who truly affect our …
Show Your Appreciation
You respect what the teachers in your community are doing. How can you show it? If you have a student in school, there are plenty of ways. Teachers say they hope parents come in for open houses and help make sure their kids’ homework gets done. They also hope parents will get in touch if there’s any problem in the student’s school or home life that they should know about.
Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, or just an involved community member, another great way to help is by volunteering. Most school districts are always looking for folks to run book fairs, help at teacher appreciation lunches, or just put in an hour assembling packets of paperwork.
Then there are gifts. Many parents like to give their children’s teachers a little something around the holiday season or at the end of the school year. Gifts are, of course, always appreciated, but thoughtful ones are even better. Because many teachers buy classroom supplies out of their own pockets, one great present is a gift certificate to a local office supply store. You can even help out teachers all over the country through a donation site called Donors Choose. It matches generous people with teachers who need help supplying their classrooms.
However you interact with teachers, whether it’s in a parent-teacher conference or at a school board meeting to set the annual budget, one of the most important things you can do is to respect their work. After all, without teachers, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article.
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