San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2013
Child safety expert and author, Irene van der Zande, offers parents seven tips for end-of-year gifts for teachers that can "show appreciation for the important role of teachers in a child's life." Van der Zande is the founder of Kidpower, a leading nonprofit providing personal safety skills education and resources, whose mission is to help people create cultures of caring, respect and safety.
"Teachers have an incredible impact on the emotional and physical safety of kids for many of their waking hours, and making a special gift at year's end is a way to express your appreciation for the role a teacher has played in your child's and your family's life," says van der Zande. "Meaningful gifts do not have to be expensive or cost money at all, but do require a little time and thought."
Van der Zande considers most teachers to be "everyday heroes who dedicate their lives to caring for and educating our children. Teaching is a hard job, and most teachers do it with creativity, compassion, humor, love, and competence, in spite of challenges from struggling kids, insufficient funds, competing priorities, and anxious parents. Most lead kids to build confidence and a belief in themselves as valuable people. As we tell our students at Kidpower, belief in ourselves is the strongest self-protection tool we each have!"
"And, in the moment of truth in an emergency, whether it is from violence as happened in Newtown or from nature’s fury as happened in Moore, most teachers will bravely lead their students to the best shelter they can find; whisper reassurance, read them stories, and sing songs to help ward off terror; and throw their bodies over them to protect them from harm," write van der Zande.
As the school year comes to an end, van der
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