We can really never express enough gratitude to the people whose job it is to educate our children. Think about it…children are the future. We really should be focusing the bulk of our energy on raising our children the best way we can. Whether that is public school, home school or private school…educating our children is pretty much THE most important job there is.
Today is the day to celebrate our teachers, school administrators, counselors, home school parents, coaches, school therapists, and anyone else who contributes to positively shaping the young minds who are our future. Parents are busier than ever* and so many of us rely on these dedicated professionals to play a key role in helping our children grow to be good citizens of the world.
The stressors on our educators today are like never before. Funding is greatly reduced and resources for our schools are increasingly limited. Teachers regularly spend their own money to create a nurturing and vibrant classroom. There is so much pressure to teach to the test, successfully lead over-crowded classrooms with special dietary, language or learning needs, hold the responsibility to keep children safe if (God forbid) an active shooter situation occurs, and manage parent communication through email, phone and in-person visits. Teachers frequently spend their evenings and weekends working in order to stay on top of it all. That is a lot of weight on educators' shoulders - and for often inadequate compensation.
Suffice it to say, here at #BGTP we just have such admiration for teachers and administrators who are able to keep it all together and compassion for them when sometimes they struggle to do so.
We are excited to focus the Thursday of Random Acts of Kindness Week on these often unappreciated heroes. Here at Be Good to People we are delivering pizzas and Goodie bags to some of our local schools over the lunch hour to let our teachers know how much they are appreciated. We will also be recognizing some special teachers near and far with flowers and special notes expressing our gratitude.
Our teachers need support year-round so we have compiled some fun ideas for today’s #RAKweek18 call-to-action but know that you can do these ANY time of the year for the educators in your lives. If you can pull it off today, all the better!
HERE ARE SOME GOOD IDEAS TO BRING A SMILE TO A TEACHER’S DAY
- The easiest one of all…write a heartfelt, handwritten thank you note. Not a text. Not an email to add clutter to an already overflowing In Box. A card or pretty notepaper telling the teacher why you appreciate her (or him) and what you love about how they have impacted your child. If your child has brought home favorite stories from classroom life, share that with the teacher.
- Create a classroom necessities Goodie basket for the teacher to keep in the classroom. Include any of the following in a cute container and a lovely note:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Post-it notes
- Note Cards
- Anti-bacterial Wipes
- Hand Lotion
- Breath Mints
- Masking Tape
- Small Tool Kit
- Cough Drops
- Extra Hair Bands
- Nail Clippers
- Packs of Crackers, Cup-of-Soups, Fruit Snacks
- Index Cards
- Extra Set of Socks
- Safety Pins
- Small Sewing Kit
- Dry Erase Markers
- Volunteer to help in the classroom – read to the kids, straighten up, organize or tutor after school
- Give a gift card to your local bookstore, coffee shop or mani/pedi salon
- Donate some art supplies
- Lend your expertise to the school – mentor, create an internship in your place of business or arrange a field trip to your business.
- Work with a local business to arrange donations for the school or classroom – a pizza party to reward class achievements, school supplies, see if a business will donate a percentage of sales on a particular day to the classroom or party.
- Deliver a vase full of fresh cut flowers to the classroom.
- Have your child create a Top 10 Reasons I love Miss (Mrs./Mr./Ms.) _________ on cute paper. You can even frame it for an extra special treat. Be sure to have the child sign their name and the date.
- Visit Pinterest and find zillions of awesome ways to celebrate teachers.
You don’t even have to have children in school to celebrate and support our educators. If you have the ability to help out, jump in and support – it’s an investment in the future of our world!
We hope that today inspires you and we look forward to hearing what RAK’s you perform out there. Please remember to post pics or stories and tag @begoodtopeople with #BGTP and #RAKweek18 in your post.
* We wish that we didn’t have to say this, but we’d like to remind everyone that this is the Be Good to People community. There is no room or tolerance here for judgement of others. So let’s stay kind and refrain from any comments about parent choices about working or home schooling or parents being busy. We are all doing the best that we can. Let’s support one another and not judge!