We all know how important a teacher is in the lives of our students. A teacher has the potential to inspire a love for learning in children. A teacher interacts daily with your child. Furthermore, a teacher is there to answer questions, help kids out of though spots, recognize potential, and help your child learn. When I look back at my time in school, great teachers are what inspired me to love certain subjects. Teachers put a lot in their jobs in preparation and in after school grading. But did you know that many teachers put their own money out for classroom supplies and food for the students?
Teachers Give A Lot To Their Students
This is startling but, three in five K-8 public school teachers say their students regularly come to school hungry and as a result these teachers typically spend $37 per month from their own paychecks on food for their students! As a mom, a can’t imagine my child having to go hungry and I am totally serious that just the thought of any child going hungry brings tears to my eyes. That is why I am so happy to help spread the word about AdoptAClassroom.org because they helping to fuel health and wellness in schools.
Want to do more for your teachers and classroom? I hope to inspire other parents to thank their local teachers by starting off the year with teacher appreciation gifts.
Back To School Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Now, I know I have shared lots of ideas for cute DIY green teacher gifts before, but today’s ideas are specifically for Back To School Teacher Appreciation Gifts.
What sets Back To School Teacher Appreciation Gifts apart? Well to me, Back To School Teacher Appreciation Gifts should be less about cute, fun things for the teacher and more about cute, fun things that will stock up the classroom so the teacher doesn’t have to pay out of pocket.
To create my own special Back To School Teacher Appreciation Gift for my daughter’s teacher, I waited for a few days after school started and sent her teacher an email asking what supplies she still needed or what was on her wish list. She told me that they had a dire need for spiral notebooks. She also said lots of kids were forgetting to bring snacks so those always come in handy. And finally she said they could use some playground supplies like balls and jump ropes.
Teacher Gift Basket Ideas
Believe me, I am sure that any teacher would appreciate items from their classroom wish list in a grocery bag. However, if you have the time and you want to give your back to school teacher appreciation gift that extra touch, you can simply gather your items together into a handy tote or basket which your teacher will also be able to put to use in the classroom. We wrote a note to my daughter’s teacher and hole punched it to tie on with a ribbon. A bow around the tote gives it a little extra festivity as well and let me tell you that the smile on the teacher’s face told me just how much she felt appreciated and how thankful she was for the gift.
If you want Ideas for Back To School Teacher Appreciation Gifts, I suggest items that are always useful in the classroom:
- snacks (I put Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars)
- sharpened pencils
- chalk or dry erase markers
- clear storage tubs
- totes for carrying and organizing
- prize items that teachers can use as motivation like stickers
- larger crayon boxes
- larger marker sets
- cleaning wipes
- hand sanitizer
Throughout the back-to-school season, I’ll also be sharing fun ways you and your family make the most of the upcoming school year – including teacher appreciation stories and and weekday breakfast tips. Leave some of your own ideas for Back To School Teacher Appreciation Gifts in the comments.
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