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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week Virtually

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They inspire curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. They are experts at calming fears, boosting confidence and being all-around problem fixers. Through the right mix of motivation and instruction, they help students succeed in school and in life. And, now, our teachers are doing it all remotely, as schools across Arkansas and the country have closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still adjusting to the abrupt shift of students being outside their classrooms and teachers having to reach out to them from a distance online. It’s in these challenging times that we truly recognize and appreciate the pivotal role our educators play in our children’s lives — making a difference in their wellbeing and long-term success.

Every May, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week to honor all the teachers who have helped us learn and grow but, this year, we must get a little creative. Because of social distancing, thank-you hugs and gifts of appreciation will have to be shared virtually. Here are some suggestions for how to let your teachers know just how much they’ve impacted your child’s life:

  • Get emoji-tional with the National PTA and add a message of thanks for the teachers in your life using the hashtags #ThankATeacher or #TeacherDay2020.
  • Have your child write a letter or draw a picture of something special they learned. Then, snap a photo of their creation and email it to their teacher, post on social media, or upload it to your child’s digital classroom.
  • Use this “You Taught Me” template to get started.
  • Record a video message – your child’s voice is certainly being missed. You can email it directly to them, upload to your digital classroom, or share on your school’s social media.
  • Read a book with your child about how teachers are terrific! PBS KIDS has a great list of suggested titles.
  • Help them color this printable card from PBS KIDS and PBS Parents, then scan and email to their teacher.
  • Join Arthur in creating appreciation cards for other special people in your child’s life.
  • For more exciting ways to express your gratitude, visit Reading Rockets and