Remote learning has been rough, but it has also helped us realize just how hard our teachers work. And now more than ever before, they are working long hours to make distance learning work for kids of all ages. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8—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 dropping off food at daycares open for essential workers and sending e-gift cards (from places like Amazon, Dunkin’ and the Ellen shop) to creating a video montage of thankful students.
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.
Thanks to Uber Eats’ new feature, you can now send a meal to anyone you want, including educators. You’ll be able to send them a tracking link so they know an order has been placed and when their food will arrive.
Looking for some creative inspiration? Students have created videos thanking their teachers, like Washington Elementary School in Edison and the Goddard School in Denville, and even participated in parades, like this one (below) in Bound Brook.
Plenty of companies are also offering discounts for educators. At Costco, teachers who purchase a new membership receive a $30 Costco Shop Card. Educators can also save 15 percent off full-price purchases at Ann Taylor LOFT, 25 percent off purchases at Barnes & Noble during Educator Appreciation Days (20 percent off all purchases for classroom use year-round), 15 percent on purchases at JOANN, 20 percent off (including sale items) at Michael’s, plus get Office 365 Education for free and 10 percent off Surface devices at Microsoft, discounted prices and free shipping (after spending at least $399) on GE appliances and special pricing below MSRP on the purchase or lease of eligible GM vehicles.
Let us know how you’re showing your child’s teachers some love in the comments below.
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# Teacher Appreciation Week