Even though you don’t see them everyday, they’re definitely not out of mind so don’t forget to celebrate all of the online teachers during teacher appreciation week. And yes there are plenty of ways that you can celebrate them from the other side of the computer. You’ll need to get either their email address or their mailing address, but you can also coordinate a socially distanced drop off or drive by if you can plan it with your teacher. Read on for some extra special ways to show your appreciation for all of the extra steps they’ve taken to learn how to teach online.
Here are some good ideas for how you can Celebrate Your Teacher From a Distance This Year...
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These are the best way to socially distance celebrate your teacher! Some places will allow you to buy an e-gift card and email it to them. Amazon (click for special Teacher's edition) and Starbucks are always a good option, but if you know your teacher’s preferences you can make it more personal with a specific store they like.
Just make sure the stores have either a delivery, curbside pick up or a drive-thru option like: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Pier 1, Target, Best Buy, CVS, Kohl’s, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart/Petco.
Or, you could choose an online delivery provider like: Audiobooks, iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Roku, Disney+, etc.
This is a double win by supporting local businesses and honoring your teachers at the same time. It might be best to know what part of town they live in to make sure they can use it for a local pick up or delivery. Panera, Red Robin, BJ's, Cheesecake Factory, Outback, Olive Garden,
Send them a little note to let them know you’re thinking about them. Choose a free e-card through services like: Punchbowl, WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Blue Mountain, Greetings Island, Open Me, 123 Greetings, Punchbowl, Pingg or Someecards. There are others I’m sure but these are some of the more popular ones.
DONATE ON THEIR BEHALF
This is another double win by supporting one of the many local or global organizations that are hurting for funding right now in the name of your teachers. If you know of a cause or mission that’s close to their heart, you could honor them in a way that means something special to them. Pretty much every local organization, museum and nonprofit is in need of funding right now so make a donation to support them and you can email the confirmation to your teacher.
EMAIL PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
I’m sure teachers miss seeing their smiling student’s faces so putting together a little photo collage or video to show what kinds of things the kids are doing at home would be much appreciated. Even just to email a photo with a little summary about what your child has been doing at home or how much they’re missed would bring a smile to their face.
EMAIL PROJECT PHOTOS
If your child has a special skill or interest they want to show their teacher, help them make a project and email a photo or video of them doing it or the final product. Help your child make a drawing, an art project, write a poem, do a science project or something that your teacher is interested in. Does your teacher like gardening? Send them a photo of your child tending your garden at home.
CHALK THE WALK
This sidewalk chalk movement has been BIG during this quarantine time, so if you know where your teacher lives you could go draw and write some messages in their driveway or in front of their house. Make sure it’s okay first! If you have a class parents email list, blast this idea out to everyone so they have the prettiest sidewalk in the neighborhood. Try to assign different times for everyone so they don’t all show up at once.