Show appreciation for teacher

Published: May 4, 2007 | 6123rd good news item since 2003

American author and historian Henry Adams (1838-1918) once said, “A teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops.” Like many people, Adams, the grandson of the sixth U.S. president, John Quincy Adams, thought of teaching as one of the most important jobs a person can seek.

Each May, we have an opportunity to say “thank you” to teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day, which always falls on Tuesday in the first full week of May. Some parent organizations around the country show their appreciation by planning celebrations for each day of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is May 6-12, this year.

You might plan (with help from a few parents) a nice luncheon for your school’s staff. Or plan to serve teachers a special breakfast each morning, as a parent group in Texas did.

Small tokens of appreciation can inspire teachers as well as thank them. The students and parents in a West Virginia grade school gave their teachers thoughtful gifts each day, like a candy-filled plastic apple and a soup bowl with a package of soup. Or offer to help your teacher with the end-of-the-year cleaning of the supply closet.

If you feel your teacher is truly outstanding, nominate him or her for a national teaching award. You can find a list of them at on the Web.

While most educators claim that teaching is its own reward, the following suggestions were made by teachers and parents to Education World, a Web-based resource for teachers. They include: visits from former students, letters or cards from former students or their parents, a class-made scrapbook with memories of the past year, flowers and/or a cake to celebrate with students and school supplies for next school year.

This clever greeting card would be appreciated by any teacher. I found it at (type “watering can greeting card” in the search box). It holds a brightly colored packet of seeds as a bonus. This is a simple craft, easily made by younger children with help from an adult.

Supplies you will need:

• 1 8 ½-by-11-inch sheet of silver card stock.

• Scissors.

• Double-sided tape.

• Seed packet.

• Black marking pen.

Print out the watering can template on a sheet of silver (or gray) card stock.

Cut the can out and use a black marker to accentuate the details on the can.

Make a horizontal slit across the front of the can.

Insert a seed packet and attach it to the card in back with double-sided tape.

Write a message to your teacher on the can.

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