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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7. As this special week approaches, we’re reminded of how essential teachers are in our everyday lives. Now’s the time to thank and appreciate teachers and educators for all that they do to shape young minds. 

With the added craziness in the past year, teachers have taken on impossible tasks and important roles. Whether that involves remote learning or in-person daily care, teachers have exceeded expectations. For Teacher Appreciation Week this year, it’s especially important to find special ways to thank teachers for their hard work and dedication.

In this post, we’ll outline different ways and ideas to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in 2021. 

What is Teacher Appreciation Week?

Teacher Appreciation Week is a week-long celebration of teachers and educators for their hard work within the education industry. Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first week of May each year. This year, Teacher Appreciation Week will be May 3-7, 2021.

Planning For Teacher Appreciation Week

Before you start celebrating, it’s important to outline a plan and budget for Teacher Appreciation Week. Of course, there are many ways to celebrate with little to no budget if circumstances don’t allow for it. Remember, you can always reach out to parents and families to help fund gifts, activities, and events throughout the week.

Once you have your budget, you can start deciding how to celebrate! You might look into choosing a theme, hosting lunches, having the children create an appreciation craft, etc. Keep reading for more ideas to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.

Ideas to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

1. Schedule Themed Days

Set up themed days at your center to celebrate the week! Each day you can host different activities, decorate classrooms, and encourage staff and children to dress up. 

2. Start an Online Fundraiser

You can ask your families for a small donation to fund activities or gifts throughout the week or you can use a popular fundraising site like GoFundMe to allow families and friends of your center to donate in support of your teachers. All of the money you raise can go towards celebrations for the week and gifts for teachers. You can also contact local businesses to ask for gift card donations or coupons to share with your teachers. 

3. Offer Free Food

A simple and easy way to thank teachers for all that they do is to offer free lunch or snacks throughout the week. Depending on your budget, you could offer free lunch daily, host a one-time event, or have parents sign up to bring in different dishes. 

4. Give Flowers or Plants

Surprise your teachers with a bouquet or small plant to show your appreciation. You can give each teacher a single flower with a little note attached to it for a personalized touch. 

5. Ask Parents to Donate Gifts or Gift Cards

Parents are so thankful for all that teachers do for their kids. During this week, they may be looking for ways to give back to teachers through special gifts or gift cards. 

6. Gift a Goodie Bag

Show thanks to your teachers with a goodie bag filled with candy, a mug, a gift card for coffee, etc. Include a little note thanking them for everything they do for your center! 

7. Clue Your Teachers in to Freebies

Many companies offer great deals and freebies for Teacher Appreciation Week. Click here and here to see some of the great offerings. 

8. Create Teacher Appreciation Crafts

Get the children involved in Teacher Appreciation Week with arts and crafts for their teachers. They could write thank you cards, draw pictures, decorate the classroom, etc.

9. Decorate Your Center

Decorate your center with themed decor for the week! If you’re not doing themed days, decorate your center with crafts made by the kids and a thank you board with your teachers’ pictures and special memories.

10. Spread the Word!

Make sure your parents, families, and staff members are aware of Teacher Appreciation Week! Send out a newsletter, post on social media, and create a sign for your center to help get the word out. The more people involved in Teacher Appreciation Week means a better celebration at your center!


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Marissa Schneggenburger

Author Marissa Schneggenburger

Marissa Schneggenburger is the Marketing Coordinator at Kangarootime and experienced in content marketing. Marissa attended St. John Fisher College and received a B.S. in Marketing with minors in Finance and Spanish. Marissa also completed her MBA in Strategic Marketing from Niagara University. Marissa is passionate about the childcare industry and providing informative and engaging content.

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