Teacher Appreciation Week - Start with a Thank You
“To be meaningful, teacher appreciation must be more than a once-a-year activity,” says Joy Underhill of PTO Today.
I can't think of anyone more important than the people who educate and watch over our little ones. I must be honest; I never thought much of Teacher Appreciation Week until I saw the countless hours that my kids' pre-school teachers put in. Just last Friday night, I had the joy of attending a "Spring Showcase" at their school. The night was filled with displays of archeology, history lessons and let’s not forget, a gallery of my kids' artwork (Who knew my 1-year-old was such a budding artist?). As much as I was proud of my 1- and 3-year-olds' amazing footprint paintings and hand-cut out lobster displays, I couldn't help but think..."Wow, these teachers must be exhausted."
I can't begin to imagine the long hours that went behind the "Under the Sea," "Safari," "Dinosaur," and "Farm Animal" set ups. I know my kids are talented, but let's face it, the teachers are the ones who spent long hours over the course of two months preparing for a 45-minute visit from us, the parents.
Why all the hard work? Because teachers care about our kids. They care about our kids' education. They care enough to involve parents every step of the way. Although teachers choose to educate our children as their profession, they choose a profession that can be challenging, under-paid, and often thankless. Did you know that teachers on average spend $500 a year on school supplies out of their own pocket?
BiddingForGood is no stranger to this landscape. About 40% of our business consists of school fundraising auctions. Popular items such as "Principal for a Day" and "Reserved Parking” can be found in many of our school auctions. School fundraising auctions perform well because parents are so vested in their kid's education and they are usually willing to pay $50 (or more!) to win their kid's macaroni sculpture.
So, for the first time, I would like to say thank you to all the teachers for all they do. A special thanks to Miss Jenn, Miss Amanda, Miss Mary, Miss Debbie and Miss JoJo at Magical Years Learning Center. They not only educate my children, but apply sunscreen on sunny days, put hats on their heads on cold days, and make countless trips to the potty. I don’t think “thank you” is enough, but it sure is a good start.