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You know how hard teachers work. How much of themselves they pour into their students - not just emotionally, but financially as well. Take a look at this chart from the Economic Policy Institute:

 

They need your support now more than ever. Here are five ways you can support them:

1. Write a thank you note

Seriously. You wouldn't believe how many negative parent interactions teachers go through, most of them because of a parent's unwillingness to believe their child could be at fault, or (gasp) responsible for their own grades.

A thank-you note from you, to let the teacher know just how much they matter to you, goes a really long way toward boosting the teacher's morale - which in turn helps them teach your kids better.

2. Ask what school supplies they need

As you can see in the chart above, teachers spend hundreds every year for school supplies in their classrooms. It's often much easier to do this than to ask for what they need, because the school districts have a set budget and it is often inadequate.

Ask if they're low on any school supplies that you can help with, and I guarantee your teacher will be astonished and grateful.

Alternatively, head over to www.donorschoose.org and support a teacher in need!

3. Volunteer

Is there an extracurricular activity your teacher does at the school? An after school program for the kids? Tutoring?

Maybe you have a particular skill, like graphic design, or making worksheets, or writing - things you can do remotely.

If you have some extra time on your hands, volunteering even an hour of it a week would be a big help. Once again, just ask your teacher!

 

4. Send a gift card

Yes, you could send a gift card at Christmas and the end of the year - you probably already do. But you know what's even better than that? Getting small gifts randomly throughout the year.

Getting a teacher gift during Christmas is always fun, but it's tied to the season. If you get one in, say, March - that's just a random "I really appreciate you!" gift, which is sometimes felt more deeply.

Of course you could get a gift card from Starbucks or Amazon, but we think we can do better with our unique teacher gifts (including our monthly subscription box). Click here to see our gift card!

5. Teach your kids empathy

Ok, we're not in the business of teaching parenting, but it's always heartwarming to have a student that asks how you're doing as a teacher, or offers to help clean up after class, without any prodding or request.

That, of course, starts at home - and that's all we will say about that.

Andy Grall
Andy Grall


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