Teacher Appreciation Week
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The past year of education has been a challenge and has helped us realize just how hard our teachers work. From coping with remote learning, to hybrid classes, and then sometimes teaching kids on computers and in-person at the same time. Then shifting again to in-person classes but with masks and partitions and less hands-on interaction. It has been a lot. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, and there has never been a better time to acknowledge their efforts. If you’re looking for a way to do it, here are a few ideas.

Our readers offered their best suggestions, from gift cards (from places like Amazon and Dunkin’) to creating a video montage of thankful students. Teachers always like to know how meaningful their work is to their students. And this year, now that many students are in-person, you can return to some more traditional and personal gifts, and individually wrapped baked goods, or pre-packed breakfasts for staff members might be really appreciated.

The National PTA is also offering a downloadable toolkit filled with thank you cards, coloring pages, certificates, flyers and social media graphics so you can send your kids’ teachers something heartfelt, or sing their praises on social media. #thankateacher

Crayola has some cute printables for your kids to color that they can gift to their teachers as well.

Plenty of companies are also offering discounts for educators, and for all the educators out there, take advantage of these deals:

Ann Taylor LOFT – The clothing store is offering 15% off full-priced purchases for the week with a valid teacher ID.

Banana Republic – The clothing retailer is offering 15% off full-priced purchases with a valid teacher ID.

Barnes & Noble The bookseller offers a year round 20% off to teachers for books that are purchased for classroom use, and is increasing that to 25% off during Educator Appreciation Days.

Buffalo Wild Wings – Teachers get 20% off their orders now through Friday, May 7, when they show a valid teacher ID at select locations.

JOANN – The craft and fabric store is giving 15% off to teachers during this week, and if you show your teacher ID card you can sign up to receive a Teacher Rewards Card for year-round discounts.

Office Depot – They’ve worked with the National PTA as a sponsor and is giving educators 25% back in OfficeMax Rewards on qualifying purchases. This is also good for small businesses. Get the coupon here and show at the register.

Sonic Drive-In – If you’ve got the Sonic app, through May 9 use the promo code TEACHERS to get a free large drink with any purchase.

Zulily – This online retailer is offering deals to teachers all month. If they verify they are a teacher at this link  then they can receive 10% off the entire site until 5/31.

Let us know how you’re showing your child’s teachers some love in the comments below.