In the words of a dear teacher friend, “please no more coffee mugs…they are great….I love coffee…not that much”. So I asked her what she would really want from her students as a thank you.
Gift cards to places like Barnes and Noble, this way she can buy books that she can add to her classroom. Also teachers like to read adult non-curriculum books during their break.
Gift cards, to places like Panera or other little shops so she can pick out a fun treat during the summer. Pick one out to a fun boutique in your town, does not have to be much even $10.00 is a treat.
Movie passes so she can see a movie during the summer.
A bottle of wine, or other spirit, perhaps a parent should bring this in, yes teachers like to relax a bit too.
A hanging plant or potted plant that she can put outside to bloom all summer, or get really crafty and put together a small container herb garden.
So here is what we did, we went to Savers’….of course, to buy a vase. There is almost a whole aisle full of flower vases that are donated, the budget 99cents. Whatever one they wanted.
Next stop, Trader Joes’, LOVE this place and their flowers are amazing. $7.99 for each bouquet.
We cleaned the sticker off the bottom of the vase, the kids all trimmed the flowers to fit their vases:
I helped Tanna with her cards…she hepled cut them out;
Solomon went out to the yard and got some Hosta flowers to fill his vase in a bit:
Then they made their own cards, this is truly the sweetest part. I think flowers brighten everyone’s day, I know they will be enjoyed for a bit, and not left on a shelf, and totally not included the paper we had here for the cards, 99 cents for the vase $7.99 for flowers plus a little for the taxman = $9.70….handmade card = priceless…of course.