I was on my way to the mall when I noticed the bumper sticker on the car in front of me. “If you can read this, thank a teacher,” it said. It had been twenty years since I enrolled in school as a first grader, and I had never taken the time to thank her with a note. I went home that day and wrote a note to my first-grade teacher.
National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2015,. There are so many ways to say thanks. Our children have many “teachers” in their lives. Whether your kids are in public school, Christian day school, or are being homeschooled, there is always a teacher to thank. Additionally, if your children attend Sunday school or participate in kids’ clubs on Wednesday evenings, there are teachers to thank. When your child is involved in sports, there’s a teacher-coach to thank.
We do well to model that appreciation in front of our children. We do well to help them develop an attitude of gratitude for those folks who invest in their lives and the lives of others. When Dave and I were raising our brood, we attempted to model appreciation and helped them with notes to their teachers. Sometimes, I confess, I had to hide my frustration with a certain teacher and find good, truthful things that could be said. Amazingly, when we took the time to say thanks, we saw things to appreciate we had not considered before.
When our half-dozen were in school, we invited their teacher(s) to our home for a family-style meal near the end of the school year. Our house wasn’t fancy. In fact, in those days, we had plaster peeling from the dining room walls. Yet we had a great time showing our appreciation for the hard work done those 180 days a year.
You might not be into serving a meal in your home, but there are plenty of other ways to say thanks.