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How to Show Your Teachers You Appreciate Them

apple-256261_12802! 4! 6! 8! Who do we appreciate? Teachers! Teachers! Gooooo…teachers!

Get excited because next week is National Teacher’s Week! Around the country, several students will be thanking their teachers for the impact they have on their lives. Teachers are rarely recognized for the dedication and hard work they implement in their classrooms. As educators, they become their students’ doctor, psychologist, caregiver, coach, and much more. The many hats they wear are endless. When we look at our calendars we see days of celebration for moms and dads, so why not teachers?

Before World War II, there was no established day for teachers. In the year “1944, Ryan Krug, a teacher from Wisconsin began talking to educational and political leaders about establishing a day to honor teachers” (Holistory.com). However, the movement started gaining buzz when first lady Eleanor Roosevelt received a letter explaining the importance of having a day recognize the importance of teachers. Eleanor responded by convincing Congress to establish a National Teacher Day. Due to the dedication of its forerunners, we now celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day May 5th, of every year.

To celebrate National Teacher Day, here is a poem for parents to share with their child’s teacher.

Our Children all Need Great Teachers Like You

You once had a choice
And you chose to teach
And every day
It’s our children you reach

You make the difference
In the life of each child
Those that are quiet
And those that are wild

It’s the way that you teach
You do it so well
They look up to you
And think you are swell

You teach from your heart
That’s plain to see
They think you’re divine
And we all agree

Please never forget
And remember it’s true
Our children all need
Great teachers like you

We appreciate you
And we value your time
And if you should forget
Please re-read this rhyme

 

If you are a parent and are interested in making your child’s teacher feel special next week, here are some other ideas:

  1. Dinner in a bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/271412315015318750/
  2. There’s “muffin” like a great teacher bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113434484340326027/
  3. M & M bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113434484338671221/
  4. Hang congratulatory or thankful banners on the classroom doors.
  5. Have the community contribute gifts and gift certificates for teacher gift baskets.
  6. Write a personal “Thank You” note to special teachers.

 

Resources:

Poem:

http://www.all-unique-fundraising-ideas.com/teacher-appreciation-poem.html

History of National Teacher Day:

http://www.holistory.com/history-of-national-teacher-day/

Gift ideas:

pinterest.com

http://www.wincalendar.com/National-Teacher-Day

Earth Day 2015 Events Kick Butt

recycle-29227_1280I can’t believe it! Spring is in the air and Earth Day is right around the corner. Although, this year is no ordinary year, it marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Not to long ago, many were oblivious to the need for environmental change. Most people were busy opposing the Vietnam War and buying bigger cars. Minds began to awaken when in 1962; Rachel Carson came out with her bestseller “Silent Spring” which raised awareness about the dangerous effects of pesticides in America’s crops. Several years later in 1969, a fire broke out in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River, which shed light on the detrimental effects of chemical waste disposal. Only then, did fear begin to rise within American citizens. On April 22, 1970, rallies were held in most of America’s major cities. In New York City, Mayor John Lindsay organized an environmental rally that encompassed celebrities like Paul Newman and Ali McGraw. According to Earth Day Network, “Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.” Unlike many years ago, today there are hundreds of environmental groups that yearn to see a better and cleaner tomorrow. A couple of events that are taking place this weekend is Global Citizen’s event in Washington D.C. and the New York Earth Day Initiative event in New York City.

Global Citizen will be hosting a concert event at the Washington Monument Grounds this Saturday the 18th to commemorate Earth Day. Together with world leaders, Global Citizen “will work to educate and inspire citizens to take immediate action to end extreme poverty and address climate change”. Celebrities such as Usher, No Doubt, and others will raise their voices to encourage and enlighten others to take action.

In New York City, others are taking initiative to raise awareness by sponsoring exhibitions and activities for children. The New York Earth Day Initiative will be hosting several fun activities in Union Square on April 19th from 12 to 7pm. I attached a link below that contains a flyer listing all the events in further detail.

Union Square Earth Day Activity Flyer: http://earthdayny.org/2015-events

For other FREE Earth Day events in the New York area, go to http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/earth_and_arbor_days

*Save the environment by sending this flyer to parents/friends by emailing this link or send a push notification through Parentglue’s Parent Relationship Manager app.

#globalcitizenearthday     #EarthDay2015       #recycle      #savetheenvironment

Other resources:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/earth-day

http://earthdayny.org/home

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