May 7th is Teacher Appreciation day here in the good ol' US of A. I grew up in a family of teachers. My grandmother began teaching when she was 18. She finished school at 15, but then had to wait to start "Normal School" until she was 16. One year later, she had her teaching certificate and began her teaching career. When I was little she was the first grade teacher at the school that my dad went to when he was little. I remember going to her tiny, little country school and classroom in Iron Springs, Alberta, and wishing that she could have been my teacher.
With the respect that I have for teachers there is no way to not celebrate them in fine style! Each day this week we will bring you an idea for your teacher appreciation gifts and then we hope to inspire you with layouts that celebrate teachers and their impact on our lives.
We also wanted to give you time to execute your own projects, as well, so we hope having a couple of weeks will help you do so.
LAYOUT IDEA: THANK YOU FOR CHANGING MY LIFE
A few years ago, I saw a blog (please tell me where it is if you know the name!) where the author wrote a thank you note every week for a year. One of them was written to a former teacher. Reading it made me cry. And made me think of all the teachers that I had over the years, and how grateful I am to them for the ways that they touched my life. I was thinking that I would certainly write to Mr. Boyden my junior high school drama teacher. But I didn't.
However, a few months later I was home for a visit (my first in a three years) when I bumped into Mr. Boyden at a Chinese food restaurant. He had moved across Canada so the chances of us meeting were slim. And not likely to recur. So I gathered my courage and told him directly how much he had impacted my life. And it felt good.
I also realized that I might write and send a few letters, but until I do, I should at least record my thoughts. And I do my best recording when patterned paper is involved!!
I am hoping to slowly put together a mini album of things I learned from my teachers. But for now, I thought one page is a great place to start.
TEACHER APPRECIATION GIFT IDEA: A&W ROOTBEER 4.0
You may remember from last year that we have a family tradition of giving our teachers a sixpack of A&W RootBeer. This will be our fourth year. Here is our updated tag.
Feel free to download it if you would like! With just a hole punch and a ribbon you will be on your way! It's a quick and easy way to put a gift together. And while it isn't homemade in everyway, it always seems very appreciated!
Thank you for stopping by today! See you again tomorrow!