National Teacher’s Day is always celebrated on the first Tuesday in May. It’s a special day set aside to show appreciation, respect and encouragement for all the hard work that teachers do. The secret to Nation Teacher’s Day gift giving is presenting the teacher with a thoughtful gift. Including a special note will also help to personalize the message and add a warm touch.
National Teacher’s Day was inspired when an Arkansas teacher wrote a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt in 1953 about the need to recognize teachers for their positive impact on youth. Mrs. Roosevelt was able to persuade the 81st Congress to dedicate a national day to teachers. Since then, National Teacher’s Day has been the proclaimed day to honor the nation’s teachers. Even the late President John F. Kennedy recognized the importance of educators in his famous quote “There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy, such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.”
What’s the proper etiquette for gift giving on National Teacher’s Day? The appropriate price range for a teacher gift on National Teacher’s Day should range from $10 to $25. For more expensive gifts, consider having the class and parents chip in for one group gift. There are a wide range of good teacher gifts, including personalized notepads, teacher tote bags, personalized canisters with the students’ names and even a bouquet of colorful flowers. Roses, orchids, carnations and lilies are just a few of the popular flower arrangements that are sure to be appreciated.
In addition to gift giving, there are other special things that students can do to show appreciation on National Teacher’s Day. Hosting a breakfast for teachers before school, hanging special banners in the classroom and having the community contribute to gift certificates and flower baskets are special ways to celebrate and commemorate the day. Gift giving and special events not only show appreciation to teachers, but they bring students and teachers closer together. In the United States, National Teacher’s Day is observed with a lot of fanfare.