All the "Appreciation" days for teachers, bus drivers and other school staff are usually in May or June, right before school ends when most everyone is at their wit's end; tired and ready for a break from all our sweet children. Then they get bombarded with all types of last-minute gifts.
Why not take the opportunity to thank these wonderful people sooner than the end of the year? Show your appreciation before it is required of you. On the first day of school, I overheard my son's teacher excited over a tote bag that was given to her from one of the students. It reminded me that the teachers and other people who work with my children need support throughout the year, from the beginning, not just on the last days of school.
Here are a few inexpensive quick and easy ways to say "thanks" and "we appreciate you":
1. Bake something - cookies, bread, brownies, muffins...it can be from a box!
2. Write a note telling them why you appreciate their interaction with your child.
3. Give them a book or poem - something inspirational or uplifting.
4. Send in a gift card to a local coffee shop or cafe for a drink.
5. For bus drivers - give them a roll of paper towels, bottle of glass cleaner, box of tissues - these are typically not provided for them by the school system.
6. Purchase a reusable grocery bag and fill it with a few drinks, snacks and a magazine.
7. Volunteer to handle lunch so the teacher can take a break.
If you have other ideas for ways to show appreciation, please add them to the comment section.
Don't Forget the Bus Drivers