Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up, with most schools celebrating during the first or second week of May.
Like many others, I am concerned about low wages for teachers, as well as the ongoing issue of underfunded education in Utah. I feel frustrated that I can’t change some of these problems. But I can do one thing right now: I can be generous with my own kids’ teachers. Notes, gift cards, treats, cash donation to a class — I am more than happy to share what I can to give our teachers a small “raise."
I know that not everyone can give money or time, but I encourage parents to do what they can to show appreciation next month. (And don’t forget about teachers at the junior high and high school levels. I make my kids choose one teacher to thank, if they don’t feel comfortable giving a gift to all.) Even thanking one teacher is a step in the right direction toward advocating for education.