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Teacher Appreciation Week: Help Thank Those That Inspire Us

From magical motivators to life-long mentors, teachers deserve our gratitude more than ever this year

Teachers are the backbone of our society. These unsung heroes play a vital role in shaping the minds of our future generations, tirelessly working to help our children learn and grow. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, and it’s the perfect time to show some love and gratitude for all that they do. 

However, at Free Country, we believe that appreciation for teachers should be a year-round practice. That’s why we offer a 20% discount for all educators, any time (click here for info). For Teacher Appreciation Week, do your own part to show these essential members of our community how much you value their dedication with these simple ideas.

Notes and cards
Sometimes the simplest gestures can have the biggest impact. Write a heart-felt thank-you note expressing your gratitude and admiration. Both students and parents can send sincere messages thanking teachers for their patience, positivity, passion and unwavering support. Whether it’s on a store-bought card or just a piece of paper, they’ll appreciate the kind words and thoughtfulness.

Treats for your teacher
A teacher’s job is never done after the bell rings. They often put in long hours grading papers and creating lesson plans, and sometimes, they just need a little pick-me-up. Encourage them to take a break with some yummy baked goods. Surprise them with sweet treats, like donuts or cupcakes. Pre-made goodies work, but bonus points if you want to get creative and serve up snacks that represent their profession—like cookies in the shape of pencils or apples.

Special gifts
Whether it’s a homemade craft or a gift card from their favorite restaurant, a personalized present goes a long way in showing you appreciate all they do. Consider something small and sentimental like a customized picture frame, or get a notepad or mug with their name on it. If they have a green thumb, buy a plant to add some greenery to their classroom. Foodies (and tired teachers) would also appreciate a subscription to a meal delivery service. Sometimes a practical pick—like a gift card to a coffee shop or book store—is a great way to say thanks while also giving them a chance to treat themselves. If you want to give something more extravagant, pool together your money with other parents in the class for a bigger budget.

Classroom makeover
Teachers go above and beyond to create safe and welcoming classrooms, setting the stage for successful learning environments—and often reaching into their own pockets to do so. Show your teacher their efforts don’t go unnoticed with creative decorations and a festive celebration just for them. Use balloons, streamers, colorful confetti or hang up posters with positive messages and inspirational quotes. Go a step further and stock their classroom with supplies that are running low—things a teacher often has to use their own money for. It’s a fun and thoughtful way to commemorate teachers, their work and the impact they have on our lives.