Through the school closures, quarantines, and virtual learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, people around the globe have realized the immense amount of work and dedication that teachers put into their jobs day in and day out on behalf of their students. Many people are even feeling inspired to go out of their way to say thank you.
Whether you’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, Teacher Appreciation Day, the end of the school year, or just want to say thank you to a teacher, we’ve got you covered!
Here are 14 ways to thank your teacher:
Get together with other students and families to make a photo collage message that thanks a teacher or your school’s entire staff! Simply plan and coordinate a message among your group, take your pictures, and put them together for your teacher or faculty!
Here’s an example from some students at Lake View High School:
Whip out a phone or open up a computer and record a personal thank you message for your teacher! Share memorable moments, ways they’ve impacted you, something specific you’ve learned, or just your favorite thing about being in their class.
Work together with your fellow classmates to put together a collaborative thank you video. Have each person record a small segment saying thank you, and put them all together to produce a heart-warming video your teacher will love.
Is there a song your teacher is obsessed with? Maybe one that became a theme in your class? Collaborate with your classmates to sing (or lipsync) the song in honor of your teacher!
Ok, so singing isn’t your thing? Collaborate with your classmates and choreograph a dance instead! Have each person record a segment and put them all together for a group dance video!
If you want to put together something pre-recorded without any video, try just using the voice recording app on a phone to record a message for your teacher. Letting teachers hear their student’s voice is a very personal way to thank them for all of their hard work. After recording it, simply attach it to an email or upload it online to share it with them.
The simplest thing to do might just be to give them a call and say thank you. Try waiting until shortly after the school day is over while they are still “in office” to call.
If teachers aren’t in their classrooms, a physical card likely won’t work. However, it’s still possible to send them a digital card or e-card while in quarantine! There are a variety of websites that you can use to send a digital card or video to your child’s teacher.
One option is to use Canva. Their easy-to-use site allows you to design your own thank you cards or choose from a variety of templates. You can check out Canva’s Thank You Card Hub to explore all of their options.
Another option you can explore is Hallmark’s Teacher Appreciation Day cards. If you’re looking for a premade option that you can just purchase and send, they have a number of e-card options to choose from.
Draw, write, color, or paint a thank you and send it to your teacher! Depending on where your school is at with in-person learning, there are a variety of ways to deliver it. If you can’t physically deliver or mail it, try scanning or taking a picture of it! If your teacher is on Livingtree Engage, use the inbox feature and send it as a direct message.
Physically write a heartfelt card or letter to your teacher (just watch that grammar!). Need ideas of what to write? Share memorable moments, ways they’ve impacted you, something specific you’ve learned, or just your favorite thing about being in their class.
You can do something for your community on behalf of your teacher. Take some time to volunteer, or make a donation in their name. If you choose to volunteer, make sure you can do so safely.
Gift cards are certainty still an option, especially since most are available to send via email. Here are a few great options to consider:
Teachers can always use Amazon gift cards, whether it be for school supplies, home goods, groceries, or a movie night on Amazon Video.
Netflix or Hulu
Speaking of movie nights, a gift card to Netflix or Hulu could mean a month of movie nights at home or binge-watching an addicting show.
Your local grocery store
Purchase them a gift card to the local grocery store in your community. Taking care of the essentials is always appreciated, especially during difficult times.
Food or grocery delivery
Gifting them a gift card for a food or grocery delivery service is the perfect quarantine gift. A gift card to a grocery delivery service like Instacart enables your teacher to receive groceries while staying safe and healthy at home. Gift cards for food delivery services like Uber Eats, Doordash, Favor, and Postmates also make great meal gifts, and support your local delivery workers and restaurants.
Local shops or restaurants
Gift cards to local places help support your community during these difficult times, and make a great gift that teachers will appreciate.
Flowers are always a great and meaningful gift to say thank you. Consider taking a bouquet or ordering one to be delivered to your teacher!
Many teachers fundraise online for classroom supplies and projects. Sometimes funding requests for their projects are also made available online as grants through their education foundation. Either way, if your child’s teacher has a fundraising project on an online school fundraising site like Livingtree Give, consider supporting it. A small donation, or even just sharing it out on social media can be a big help.
Livingtree is where school communities get connected! Whether you’re looking for a school communication system to centralize classroom, school, and district communication in one place for families, or an online fundraising platform to help you reach more donors and raise more money, Livingtree can help! Learn more about Livingtree’s solutions below: