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Celebrate a Teacher With Something Meaningful *AND* Useful

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Teacher Appreciation Week

We recently asked 1,500 K-12 teachers across the country:

What thank you gifts are most useful and most meaningful?

Turns out, these teachers told us that "most useful" and "most meaningful" are the same thing.

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Some Things are Useful and Meaningful, Some Things Are Not

One teacher told us:

"Teachers never expect to receive gifts of any kind from students. That said, gift cards to establishments students know their teachers frequent are greatly appreciated."

This could mean gift cards to Target or Amazon or a community grocery store.

We found that some gift ideas are less useful and meaningful to teachers, like trinkets, soap or lotion or candles, flowers or a plant, and food.

Something else teachers DO appreciate? Classroom supplies.

We heard from a lot of elementary school teachers that they need help with classroom resources. From stickers to tissues, teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies. Ask them what they might need to help keep the classroom engaging.

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Parent Involvement

This could be the biggest gift for teachers in a variety of ways.

One teacher told us:

"If a parent is pleased with my work, I wish they would also let my superiors know."

A personal note from your child might also put a smile on your teacher's face. You or your budding young artist could use craft supplies to demonstrate your appreciation.

Last fall, NPR broadcast a story about a retiring teacher who received 75 letters of appreciation from students she'd had in her classroom over a 40-year career.

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One of the teachers surveyed told us:

"Gifts that are sent from the heart are the best."