Love Your Neighbor: Back to School Edition

Can you believe the new school year is only one week away?! Teachers are working so hard to make the most comfortable and inviting space for our kids so it only seems fair to show them some appreciation during this chaotic and usually stressful time of year. At Wade Works Creative, we are all about loving your neighbor! Here are some great ideas of things you can do this week and throughout the school year to show your teacher some love and appreciation!

1. Gift Cards – As we all know, meal preparation is a challenge for all working parents. Make their first week back easier for your child’s teachers with a restaurant gift card, online meal delivery or local meal prep services. School supply stores are another great option…especially if you don’t have time to pick up and drop off supplies at the school. Target, Amazon, Office Depot, Office Max, Walmart and iTunes are perfect for teachers! Click here to download these fun gift card envelopes!

2. Stock their supply cabinets. Many people don’t realize that teachers have to go out of pocket to make sure they have all the supplies they need for their classroom and students. Let’s help them out by providing them with clorox wipes, tissues, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pens, notebook paper, art supplies, fidget toys, rulers, post it notes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, extension cords, band aids, back up healthy snacks, up-to-date maps and other visual aids, and anything else you can think of!

3. Donate Books— Teachers love to encourage your children to read but it can cost a fortune to fill up a classroom library. If you have any books at home that your child has finished reading or if you see some fun books as you’re shopping at your favorite stores, think about picking up a few extra books to stock your teachers bookshelves. Ask your teacher is there’s any specific books on their wish list.

4. Write a Handwritten Note— this simple gesture is a great way to express your gratitude and excitement for the upcoming school year.

5. Ask Your Teacher One Simple Question– “How can I help you?” It means the world to them to know they have your support. Not every parent can be “room mom” but there’s usually a variety of ways to contribute to your child’s classroom.

6. Attend Curriculum Night— Show your teacher love by attending curriculum night. They have worked hard to prepare for this school year. This is also a great way to find out how you can stay involved in the requirements for your child that year.

7. Send a Graduation Announcement-– For upcoming seniors and their parents… don’t forget some of the influential teachers you’ve had. Send them a thoughtful note or graduation announcement and let them know the impact they made on you and your school career.

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