Teaching can be one the most rewarding jobs, yet also one of the toughest, especially during the past two years with the pandemic. That’s why Teacher Appreciation Week is so important.
I can attest to some of the challenges teachers face as my daughter is a teacher. In 2020, she taught kindergarten, mostly remotely. She would describe students over Zoom waving scissors while their work-distracted parents paid them no mind or students wandering off to get something to eat in the middle of class. It was a struggle. This year she’s teaching second grade, in person.
Teacher Appreciation Week – Our Chance to Give
Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, is a great way for students, parents and the community to show their appreciation. According to a recent survey of parents by the American Federation of Teachers, “72% of parents say that the public school(s) their children attend provide them with an excellent or good quality education.” That’s good news for teachers and all the more reason to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Some of the best gifts for teachers are items they can use in the classroom or when they’re taking much deserved time off. This makes books or book gift cards great gift options. According to a Facebook poll by WeAreTeachers, aside from hand-written thank you notes, teachers ranked gift cards as their top preference.
ThriftBooks Helps Point the Way
To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week our GiftNow partner ThriftBooks, the world’s largest online independent bookseller, is launching a new program called ThriftBooks 4 Teachers. The program provides verified educators (teachers, faculty, and staff) with an ongoing benefit to get a free used book every time they buy four books. Verified ThriftBooks 4 Teachers members are automatically granted Literati status for the first year – the highest-earning reading rewards tier, which means free book credits add up faster.
ThriftBooks is also holding an e-gift card giveaway. Anyone who purchases a teacher or school themed gift card from thriftbooks.com from May 2 through May 5 is eligible to win 100 to 500 books (up to $2500 value) to be donated to the winner’s chosen verified educator or school. The prize donation can be used to augment the collection of an existing school or in-classroom library or as a library starter for schools that lack library resources.
Gift givers shopping on the ThriftBooks website can select a gift card design, value and craft a personalized message, add a photo or short video message and deliver their e-gift card instantly by email or text message.
Say Thank You to a Teacher
If you’re the parent of a student or teacher, let’s be sure to honor them during Teacher Appreciation Week. If you’re a teacher, aide or administrator at a school, thank you for your service to our students and our community.
If you’d like to buy a gift card for your teacher, just click here and you’ll be well on your way – all you need is their email address. Maybe your student can even record a personal video or contribute a short note of thanks. That way the teacher gets both of their top favorite gifts!
Kevin Payne is the Vice President of Corporate Marketing for GiftNow
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- Giftnow is not a sponsor of the Thriftbooks promotion.