There's no doubt how important teachers are to our society, but unfortunately, they don't always get the thanks and appreciation they deserve. October 5 is World Teacher's Day, so if you haven't thanked a teacher lately or done something nice for them, it's a
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perfect day to start. It's a chance to acknowledge all the teachers, past and present, who have made, and continue to make, a difference in your life. Even if you don't have a big budget, there are certain gestures you can do for teachers that won't cost a substantial amount of money.
Donate a box of supplies
Many teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for their classrooms, so consider donating a box of needed supplies to a teacher who could use them. You can either ask the teacher for a list of needed supplies or just anticipate what they are, then deliver them as a surprise. Enlist in the help of family and friends in order to collect more items – shopping at the dollar store can help you get the most for your money.
Hand-write a thank you note
One of the best things a teacher can get is a thank you note. Write a note to a teacher and thank them for the job they do on a day-to-day basis. You can also write a letter to a teacher from your past who has made a difference in your life and who you never got to thank.
Deliver snacks to the school
Put a bunch of snacks into a gift basket, then deliver it to the teachers at a particular school. Consider including individual packages of cookies, different flavors of coffee, individually wrapped hard candies, and a variety of other snacks that teachers can grab and go. You may also want to drop off fresh items, such as donuts or pastries, but the snacks will typically last a longer period of time.
Gift card to a book store
Almost any teacher who has a book shelf in the classroom, especially in the younger grades, knows how quickly books can get worn, ripped, torn and written on. It's expensive to replace these books, so consider giving teachers gift cards to a bookstore. Even if they don't use them to replace books or buy new ones for the classroom, they can always buy themselves something new.
Although teachers should be acknowledged every day for their hard work, World Teacher's Day on October 5 is a great chance to really celebrate how much they do. No gesture is too small; even a thank you will likely be very much appreciated.
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