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Kidpower's 7 Tips For Parents To Find Meaningful End-Of-Year Gifts for Your Child’s Teacher
Date:5/24/2013

Zande published on the Kidpower.org blog the following seven tips for parents to find or create "meaningful gifts to let teachers know how much you appreciate their commitment to the well being of your child."

1. Written memories about how they have made a difference. Instead of general acknowledgement, try to be as specific as possible. A few heartfelt lines about something your child said or something you noticed will be cherished for years to come.

2. A handwritten thank you note from you as a parent expressing what you have learned from your child's teacher or what this teacher has meant to you personally.

3. A thank you note or drawing that clearly comes from your child rather than being something you dictated. Teaching kids how to give time and effort as their gifts rather than just spending money will serve them their lives long.

3. An envelope with cash, universal movie tickets, or gift certificates for two to a favorite restaurant.

4. Three hours of time to help with year-end clearing out and cleaning up – or better yet, organizing several parents to help out while teachers grade papers so that they don’t have so much to do after school is out.

5. A donation of a teacher's favorite book to the school library or public library with a note inside saying that this gift is in this teacher's honor.

6. A donation to an organization that you know is close to your child's teacher's heart in her or his honor.

7. The gift of easy-to-use books for the teacher such as the Kidpower Safety Comics that provide an entertaining way to introduce key "People Safety" concepts to children.

"Teachers are human and, like all of us, not perfect," writes van der Zande. "Of course, our job as parents is to advocate for our children and to speak up clearly, persistentl
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