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As the school year winds down, we parents start thinking about ways to thank the teachers and therapists that have worked with our kiddos all year. Some parents I know try to search for things that are special to each individual therapist, others go for the trusted Starbucks gift card. Some years I’ve given jars of homemade jams or candied nuts, others I’ve just written thank you cards.  I often like to make a donation in each teacher/therapist’s honor to my favorite organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. That always seems to be greatly appreciated.

Of course, if you’re buying gifts for a teacher, bus driver, OT, PT, Social Worker, Paras, and more, spending can get a bit out of hand. A friend told me she picks a day and brings in lunch for the whole team at school! That same friend also told me about Jeni’s Ice Cream Party– basically an ice cream party delivered to them. How am I just learning about this concept??!

Here are some ideas we’ve spotted lately…
1. “Thank you for helping me bloom” by
3. “Coupons” to come help out in the classroom! Special education teachers can often use an extra hand… or ten!
4. “I looked for teacher appreciation ideas on Pinterest…” by
5. When all else fails, a heartfelt letter will always be appreciated by a teacher who cares.

So, have I inspired you? Do you already have gifts picked out? Leave us a comment and share your own ideas with us all!