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What Are You Doing For Teacher Appreciation Week?


What Are You Doing For Teacher Appreciation Week?

Budget friendly ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Location: Jacksonville, Florida
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Latest Activity: May 18, 2013

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We will Be Having a lunchon For all of our teachers on may 7th thru may 11th given by the PTA at Kelly Miller Middle School our Address is 301 49th street N.E. Washington, D.C  20019 we hope you will…Continue

Started by Myron A. Atkins. Last reply by Myron A. Atkins Mar 15, 2012.

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I'm looking to have a banner made (actually 2 banners) for teacher appreciation week.  Does the National PTA have a preferred vendor?  Thanks!

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Comment by Shondra Carter on April 21, 2010 at 7:44am
Our PTA has requested the help of our partners, parents and other organizations. We have secured five great gifts as raffle prizes (restaurants, groceries stores and a massage parlor). We will pull a teacher's name each day and they when the gift of the day. Our partners have all made a donation so that we can give the teachers a reception and we have massage therapists (a few of our parents) coming to give brief massages. We purchased little thank you cards from Dollar Tree and small gift sacks so that each teacher can get a treat in their mailbox one day. Also, we got the students involved where many of them are writing poems or letters to the teachers and some will be read over the intercome each day.
Comment by Karen Bantuveris on April 13, 2010 at 2:41pm
Seems like a lot of our schools provide special meals during Teacher Appreciation Week. (breakfasts, lunches, treats). We've heard from several working parents that they like to be included - dropping off banana muffins or a salad is one way they CAN contribute when volunteering in the class is impossible due to their schedules. To spread the involvement, these parents are on our school's go-to-list for celebration meals (not the predominantly class-helper parents).

On VolunteerSpot ( ), you can create an online list of what's needed (types of food, paper goods, etc.) and invite parents to sign up to bring stuff - this way you don't end up with all desserts and no main dish. Parents love the email reminder messages too.
Comment by Michele Diane Maeder on April 13, 2010 at 2:09pm
Our principal has asked us to include all staff (about 50-60 people). We have a different food theme each day of the week, i.e. breakfast, snacks, desserts, appetizers, and a meal on the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. In the past the meal has been catered (from a local restaurant.) This year due to our budget we will probably not have it catered.
As well the past couple years we have given each staff member a water bottle (from the dollar store or Wal Mart) with a Crystal Light single in it. Last year I even included a joke in each bottle.
Comment by Elisa Stevens on April 13, 2010 at 12:28pm
Last year our teachers loved the massages. This year we have almost no budget... :-( We will be providing homemade lunches (chili, salads etc.) each day during teacher appreciation week. And along with letters from parents and students, we are also asking the teachers to write something for another special teacher... 'Props to My Peeps!' A different student/parent letter will be read over the loudspeaker 5 times each day. The teacher letters will be presented during their lunch in the staff lounge.
Comment by Karen Bantuveris on April 11, 2010 at 2:13pm
We give each teacher one very small present or special treat in the break room each day. This free eBook has low cost/no cost ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week and gift ideas: . And this one has great ideas for volunteer recognition (many can be used for small teacher tribute gifts) :
Comment by kimberly heins on March 29, 2010 at 7:47pm
we have a male teacher who is a great advocate for helping get our ocean cleaner, not a freaky environmentalist, just a caring person who wants to make a difference so we will be giving him fruit for Monday instead of flowers and a thank you note from each student on how he has changed their lives for the I have stopped using one time use water bottles as our fish are now consuming them and the bottles' bits are now in our food chain
Comment by Jennifer Gwaltney on March 29, 2010 at 11:09am
You could have a themed message board such as "Mrs. Green's Garden of Messages" of "Mr. Phillip's Feild of messages". The idea is to have the kids write positive messages on the cuts outs and place on the boards. Like for the garden, you could cut out different types of flowers and for the Field you could cut out baseballs, soccer balls, footballs, or basketballs. They turn out kind of cool. We do this at work for our co-workers birthdays and are thinking about putting it into place for our elementary teachers next year.
Comment by PTA Administrator on March 9, 2010 at 2:09pm
Don't forget to check out National PTA's resources for Teacher Appreciation Week. You can find them at We have activity ideas, timelines and planners, and much more, inlcuding some resources in Spanish.
Comment by Carissa Dollar on March 8, 2010 at 2:01pm
You're welcome! Good luck!
Comment by Carissa Dollar on March 8, 2010 at 6:56am
We've also put up quotes all around the building on posters. Things about being grateful/thankful, the importance of education, etc. Do a search online and you'll find tons of quotes to choose from.

And we've had students decorate the sidewalk outside the building with chalk drawings and messages for the teachers. Hung a banner outside that said something about "thank a teacher."

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