When my older daughter Abigail was born I committed in my heart and mind that that I would raise her (and her siblings too) to be kind, thoughtful, and compassionate. I’ve been trying to influence the way they think of the world by constantly reminding them to be grateful for what they’ve been given in life, especially others who invested in them. Great examples of such people are their school teachers.
Abigail is now in 5th grade and her younger sister is in 3rd. Together, the girls and I decided we wanted to spontaneously show our appreciation for their teachers by baking scones packaged in individual boxes accompanied with a tea bag and a hand written note. Knowing how hard our teachers work each day in the lives of students, we thought it would be a great idea to gift them an afternoon tea break.
Setting up a craft work table, I brought down everything we needed to help our vision take form. The girls wrote the sweetest notes to their favorite teachers and embellished them with ribbon or personalized artwork. I laid down squares of parchment paper in the bottom of each box followed by a scone. We also inserted a spiced tea bag so the teacher could make himself/herself a cup of tea to enjoy along with our homemade baked good. We finished off each box by taping a card to the top of each box and tying a piece of ribbon around each one. It was the thoughtful details we added that made it special.
Armed with our appreciation boxes, the girls eagerly found their teachers and one by one handed them a box. Needless to say, the teachers were very touched by this simple random act of appreciation.
Abigail delivered her first box to Mr. Alfred (the PE teacher) -one of the most popular teachers in the school. He immediately demonstrated kindness when he explained he would only eat half of the scone so he could save the other half for his wife.
Next was Mr. Rogers, the school librarian and one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Mr. Roger’s is like a rock star in the school because he makes every student feel so very special. His love for teaching and kids is one of the reasons my daughters love to read so much. He found me in the hallway later in the afternoon to tell me how much he enjoyed the scone and the note.
Then…. there is this very special lady.
Mimi was particularly excited to give a box to her 2nd grade teacher from last year. Mrs. Martin-Smith has always been very special to both Abigail and Mimi. When Mimi handed Mrs. Martin-Smith her box she seemed moved by the letter. She was also very excited to have an afternoon snack considering she hadn’t eaten lunch. Mimi’s and Abigail’s love for her is quite special, especially considering Mrs. Martin-Smith is their former teacher. It’s obvious how impactful she was and is in both Mimi and Abigail’s lives.
If there was a lesson to be learned today, it is this: a person does not need a particular holiday or event to honor those who have touched their lives for the better. All they need is a willingness to show someone how much they are appreciated for their contributions to their lives. Remember, what you add makes it.
I would love to hear your teacher appreciation ideas in the comment section below. I am always looking for ideas! – Thank you!
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