Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2009. This is the time to say “Thank You” to all the teachers in your school for the dedication they display every day in shaping the lives of children. While verbally expressing your thanks is important, tangible tokens of acknowledgement go a long way when it comes to letting your teachers know how much you appreciate their hard work and commitment. Here are a few Teacher Appreciation gift ideas the educators at your school will love.
Teacher Appreciation Rainy Day Kits
Teachers work long hours, and their jobs are often stressful. Recognize their outstanding commitment with Teacher Appreciation Rainy Day Kits filled with leisure items to help your teachers relax at home or outside, so they are recharged, energized and ready to greet all their kids with a smile on Monday morning.
Choose drawstring backpacks with your school’s name and logo on them. Fill them with fun imprinted products:
Teacher Appreciation Survival Packs
Teacher Appreciation Week falls near the end of the school year when teachers’ personal school supplies are probably running low. School supply survival packs make fun and useful teacher appreciation gifts. Start with a tote bag imprinted with your school name and logo. Inside, place school supplies like a desk caddy, a stress ball, notebook, pens, sticky note pads and rulers. Finally, add a personal touch to each pack by including a photo mouse pad with a picture of each teacher’s class.
Personalized Teacher Appreciation Gift Packs
Mugs and pens are traditional teacher appreciation gifts; they’re useful and practical, but they’re not very personal. Put a new twist on tradition by giving your teachers the special and specific recognition they deserve. Create a personalized package with classic mugs and pens that feature individual names. As an extra-special treat, present each teacher with a personalized photo frame complete with a picture of his or her class. Also include a personalized certificate with a matching pin or a handwritten note on a special Teacher Appreciation card. Your teachers will love this thoughtful gesture of personal acknowledgement.
Make it a Banner Year!
There is one thing every teacher loves: his or her class! Teachers are proud of their students and all the things their class has accomplished during the year. There is no better way to recognize your teachers than by honoring their students and classrooms. Have each class pose for a special photo (in secret, of course) and then have each photo displayed on a vinyl photo banner along with the teacher’s name and a cool school design. Present teachers with their banners during a special Teacher Appreciation Week ceremony. Hang the banners outside the classrooms, or designate a special wall in the gym or cafeteria to display all the banners. At the end of the school year, let the teachers keep their banners as reminders of their great kids and wonderful school.