Teacher Appreciation: What’s a Parent to do?

The end of the school year brings a lot of emotions.  My kids are happy, my husband is relieved that the hustle and bustle of finals and awards ceremonies is over, and I am stressed about what to give the teachers as a “thank you” for teaching my child and putting up with me.

I know its their job to teach, but  given all they do, don’t teachers deserve an extra “thank you” from parents?  Is there a thoughtful, but reasonably priced gift for teachers this time of year?  One year I gave the teachers candles. But, judging from the assortment of other candles on their desks, it wasn’t an original idea.  Another year I gave the teachers personalized notecards.  Two years ago I gave out Starbucks gift cards and last year I bought six chocolate Nothing Bundt Cakes.

A Hallmark card doesn’t seem like enough of a gift, but cash seems like a payoff for tolerating, comforting, and teaching my little ray of sunshine.  Is there a better option?  Please share your thoughts.  You will probably help out a neighbor and fellow parent looking for the perfect end of year teacher gift.

Imani Chet Lytle

Imani Chet spends most of her time behind the scenes at People Newspapers handling design and marketing tasks, but you can occasionally catch her out and about covering the latest museum openings, musical concerts, and delicious new food menus in the area – and all through her trusty dusty iPhone camera. Catch some of the action on our instagram page: @peoplenewspapers

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