It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Here’s How You Can Honor Educators During the Pandemic.

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week. But this year, teachers won’t be found in their classrooms or honored at packed school assemblies. Even though the pandemic has California educators working harder than ever before, options for honoring their sacrifices are limited.

We scoured the web for some ideas for alternative ways to show our gratitude and here’s what we found:

If you have the means, donate to a teachers’ assistance fund

The Beverly Education Foundation’s Honor A Teacher Campaign for 2020 is a great place to start. All contributions to the Honor a Teacher Campaign are used to fund annual teacher grants. Donors Choose has also spearheaded incredible classroom projects for California schools in the past. See more ideas for donations here

Use your stimulus for a good cause

Not every federal stimulus recipient is in need of the money. If that’s you, Education Week recommends donating your $1,200+ to help pay a teacher’s rent or utilities. 

Give them a simple thank you

By taking to social media, sending an email, or sending a card in the mail, you can let the teachers in your life know how much you appreciate their hard work. Gift cards are always great too!

Stuck at home? Bust out the chalk and signs.

Decorate your front lawns, windows, balconies, patios, and sidewalks with displays of teacher love. Add signs or use chalk to draw a thank you message for any passersby.

Do you have any other ideas for honoring our teachers? We’d love to hear them.