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How to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week During Coronavirus School Closures

How to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week During Coronavirus School Closures

Thank you, teachers
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As schools across the country remain closed in accordance with state-wide stay-at-home orders, teachers continue to overcome obstacles to best serve their students. This teacher appreciation week, May 4 through May 8, students and parents can return the favor. Teacher appreciation week may look different this year, but there are still ways to safely show your appreciation for the hard work and dedication teachers put in year-round.

Flood their inbox

Flood their inbox

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Connect with other classroom parents and guardians. Together, schedule a day to flood your teacher’s virtual inbox with thank-you emails. Write the email or allow your child to express their thanks themselves.

Send an e-card

Send an e-card

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Should you be looking to send a more traditional thank-you card, opt for an e-card. Classic greeting card company American Greetings has free, ready-made and personalizable digital cards for teachers. Fill in the custom greeting and send it to your teacher’s email address to show your gratitude.

Don’t forget single-subject and prep teachers

Don’t forget single-subject and prep teachers

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Remember to thank all the teachers in your child’s life. Do not forget the librarians, computer teachers, gym teachers, art teachers and world language teachers. Be sure they are all being rightfully celebrated with emails, e-cards and everything else.

Record a video thank-you

Record a video thank-you

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Just as students miss their teachers, teachers miss their students. Share your child’s smiling face with their teachers by recording a personalized thank-you note. Video has been a great way for people to stay in touch while social distancing. Get the camera ready and let your kid wax poetically about their favorite teachers.

Share student artwork

Share student artwork

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Distance may no longer allow students to rush the teacher’s desk and hand-deliver their colored creations. But ready the crayons, markers and colored pencils anyway. Photograph your child’s artwork and share it with their teachers. Who knows, the teachers may even print out the photographed masterpieces and hang them around their at-home desks.

Make a gift from the heart

Make a gift from the heart

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Take the coloring up a notch and send a physical craft to your child’s school addressed to their teacher. Coloring and crafting with your kid are just a couple of things every parent should do in their lifetime. So what better time than now? Paint, sculpt or knit, do what it takes to help your child learn a new hobby at home and give a gift to a deserving teacher.

Cheer on teachers during a virtual class meeting

Cheer on teachers during a virtual class meeting

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While classes meet virtually over video platforms like Zoom or Google Meet, organize a time for all the students and nearby parents, guardians and siblings to cheer on the teacher. Chant and whistle and raise homemade signs — whatever you can to show you care. 

Show your support with a slideshow

Show your support with a slideshow

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Put together a slideshow outlining all the reasons you and your child have to thank your teacher. Ask to share the presentation with the class during a digital meeting or send the finished product to your teacher. Being at home with your child has undoubtedly made you value the work of teachers more now than ever. Channel that experience into a kickin’ PowerPoint.

Give an e-gift card to a local establishment

Give an e-gift card to a local establishment

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Support local businesses and teachers all at once. Every teacher could use some extra lunch money when schools reopen. Digitally send gift cards for the nearby coffee shop or other local spots close to the school.

Ask for a classroom supply online wish list

Ask for a classroom supply online wish list

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Classrooms require supplies. Ask your teacher what they would love to see in their classroom once they and their students return. Have teachers put together an online wish list and direct willing parents and guardians to the list in lieu of gift cards.

Put out ‘thank you’ signs in front of your home

Put out ‘thank you’ signs in front of your home

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Plaster your windows with signs of support for area teachers, who are balancing their own children and homes while also ensuring your child’s education continues with as little disruption as possible. Even if your child’s teacher lives across town, your signs will surely bring comfort to a teacher near you.

Put out ‘thank you’ signs near school

Put out ‘thank you’ signs near school

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Take the signs to the school. Post them around the building and parking lot for all to see. Giving back to your community is just one lesson our parents passed down to us. Pay the lesson forward and show your child how far small acts of kindness can go.

Chalk the walks near school

Chalk the walks near school

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Put a smile on the faces of essential workers inside and outside school buildings by expressing your gratitude with chalk. Draw encouraging messages, thank-you notes and pictures for neighbors to see on their daily runs.

Have a ‘dress like the teacher’ day

Have a ‘dress like the teacher’ day

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Instruct your child and their classmates to dress like the teacher for a day. Wear a funny tie like Mr. Johnson to the Zoom meeting or a bright blouse like Ms. Thompson to the Google Meet. Your child knows their teacher’s work wardrobe better than anyone. Let them take charge and play dress-up for a day.

Organize a virtual class performance

Organize a virtual class performance

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Reach out to other parents and guardians and organize a virtual flash mob. Surprise your teacher during a virtual class meeting with a song, a gracious read-aloud or an impromptu dance party. Get moving and show your support.

Schedule a ‘thank you’ parade

Schedule a ‘thank you’ parade

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Alert your teachers to your “thank you” parade route and ready the minivans. Show your support and appreciation by vigorously waving outside car windows, honking your horn and making car signs. While celebrating the teachers in your life, take the time to also celebrate others hard at work during the coronavirus pandemic

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