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Teacher Appreciation Week begins with National Teacher Day at the beginning of May.

This week is a fantastic time to show the teachers in your life and your community how much you appreciate their work!

Classful is proud to provide a secure platform for donors to give to teachers in their area and nationally. Why not take this opportunity to fund a teacher and help them to provide an amazing educational experience for the children in their classroom?

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Celebrate US teacher appreciation week 2019

The value of an exceptional teacher cannot be measured in dollars and cents, but that does not mean that funds aren’t necessary to provide a full and meaningful education to the students in your community.

When did US Teacher Appreciation Week begin?

This practice of officially celebrating teachers began in 1953 when Eleanor Roosevelt influenced Congress to mark this day as an annual celebration of our nation’s educators. In 1984, the first full week of May was designated Teacher Appreciation Week, a practice that continues today.

However, this long history of celebrating our country’s teachers has not yet translated into providing them with strong salaries or adequate funding for their classrooms. Fortunately, Classful is here to help supplement teacher budgets and give educators the funds they need to give their students the education they deserve.

Education Expenses

Many school districts cannot afford to provide the classroom supplies necessary for a well-rounded educational experience, and many teachers and parents provide these items at their own expense. Similarly, programs such as art and music are often underfunded, creating a serious gap in the breadth of today’s school curriculum. If you are an engaged parent or community member, you probably want to help remedy such situations. Still, you may wonder how your efforts and donations can have the greatest impact.

Volunteering

Volunteering is not always possible due to your work and family obligations, and you may want to do something more impactful in addition to donating school supplies. When you join the community at Classful, you can convert your ideas into action. There are a variety of different campaigns that need your help, and they range from small projects to ongoing funding.

Funding

Our platform is an effective way for educators to continue to provide the educational curriculum that best serves their students while protecting their financial interests. It is not fair to expect teachers to shoulder this burden independently; this week is the perfect time to lessen their load.

Increase engagement

Take advantage of Teacher Appreciation Week and increase your engagement in the surrounding educational community! We all know that children are the future of our country, and too many are being short-changed in their classroom and extracurricular activities. Why not convert your care and concern into an actionable donation to help children experience a better learning environment?

Education World has a lot of great suggestions that can help you plan a fantastic day and week for the teachers in your life!

Donating to show teacher appreciation

If there is a teacher in your life or your child’s, the first week in May gives you a chance to let them know how much they mean to you and your family. We all know that teachers often have to dip into their funds to cover any shortfalls in their school budgets; when you contribute to a Classful profile, you can make a difference. Differences include:

  • Covering the cost of general classroom supplies
  • Paying for trip fees and transportation costs of field trips
  • Supplementing art and music budgets that have been cut
  • Providing extra funds to a teacher to use as they see fit

Yes, saying thank you and sharing your appreciation is important and thoughtful. When you pair that sentiment with a financial contribution, you can make an even deeper impact in the life of a teacher.

#ThankATeacher social media campaign

If we all take a moment to reflect on our childhood memories, there is likely a teacher or two who sticks out as a person we appreciate. Teachers are often a positive part of our formative years. What better way to commemorate their efforts than through a donation made as part of the #ThankATeacher social media campaign?

These campaigns allow you to recognize current and past teachers and let you share your story of how an educator made a difference in your life.

Why support a teacher?

A job as an educator is a vocation that can be both challenging and rewarding. At Classful, we offer donors an opportunity to expand their #ThankATeacher shout-out with a financial contribution to a teacher who has posted a funding campaign on the site.

Whether you remember a teacher who has retired or want to let your children’s current teachers know that you think they’re doing a great job, the #ThankATeacher campaign is a great way to express your positive sentiments.

Ways to drum up support

Sites such as Instagram and Twitter are effective platforms for recognizing the teachers who have made a difference in your life. During Teacher Appreciation Week 2019, use the hashtag #ThankATeacher to tell your personal story. You can link your post to the Classful site and show the world your support for the educators in your school district.

Social media is an effective way to interact and engage with like-minded people who want to contribute positively to the larger world. We find that posts honoring and valuing the efforts of others can make a difference in their lives! Teacher Appreciation Week offers an excellent opportunity to expand your social media game to include socially aware posts that create positivity in our world.

Use social media during Teacher Appreciation Week and:

  • Tag your child’s favorite teacher when you relay one of their funniest school stories
  • Share a pic of your child holding up a thank you card that they have handmade for their teacher
  • Invite your friends and followers to join your child’s Classful campaign
  • Thank a teacher and let them know that you’ve donated in their name
  • Show your appreciation to a former teacher who touched your life

Showing support

Just like everyone else, teachers like to know that they matter. When you get in touch with a former teacher and let them know their efforts’ positive effect on your life, it can help them feel that the struggle and challenges are worthwhile. More than many other professionals, educators are linked to their students in a very personal and close way. Whether you leave them a note on Facebook or send them a personal email, reaching out and saying ‘thank you’ can make a huge difference in a teacher’s life.

Whether you are a recent grad or it has been many years since you last sat in a classroom, your education has probably affected your life. Teacher Appreciation Week is a good time to sit back and reflect on your educational experiences and remember how they shaped your life. Our teachers heavily impact our formative years, and it is too easy to forget all that they have done to make us who we are today.

We all have a beautiful memory of how a special teacher made us feel good about ourselves and encouraged us to learn. Why not share those experiences with the people in our lives now? Some certain subjects and programs may have made a difference in our future educational and career choices. Why not let your former science teacher know they were pivotal to your decision to become a doctor? There are countless ways that educators impact our lives, and too often, we never say thanks.

Take your remembrances a step further and use Teacher Appreciation Week to:

  • Reach out to a past teacher and say thanks!
  • Post about your positive educational experiences on social media
  • Donate to a current campaign in honor of a past teacher
  • Contribute to a teacher or program in your community
  • Fund a program, such as art or music that made a significant difference in your life

Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect time to fund your child’s teacher

You will find various teacher campaigns with compelling stories when you visit Classful. These educators have turned to crowdfund to bridge the gap between the money they need to cover expenditures and the funds their school district provides. You will see various funding requests, from basic classroom supplies to requests to cover field trips and class excursions.

Teacher Appreciation Week offers a great opportunity to contribute to a deserving cause in your community or nation.

Supporting teachers support students

Your child benefits from the sacrifices and contributions that their teacher makes for them, and joining their Classful campaign is the perfect way to recognize their efforts. All donations, both large and small, are welcome and can positively impact the life of your child and their fellow students.

Teachers don’t always like to ask for help; many will even take on part-time jobs to pay for the items and excursions that are not covered in their classroom budget. Rather than have them struggle, why not tell them about Classful?

Ways of showing support:

  • Join the Classful campaigns of the educators in your life
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom, the cafeteria, or the library at their school
  • Help your child’s teacher create a profile on Classful and begin a fundraising campaign
  • Donate supplies or other materials to your child’s classroom

Whether you are a new parent or a thankful former student, Teacher Appreciation Week can help you effect positive change. Funding a teacher can significantly impact their lives and that of their students. You will make a positive difference that will be remembered for years! Now is the perfect time to help fund a teacher you know and care about.