As many of you know I had the privilege of working in my grandson's classroom last year. It was a very enlightening experience, especially around Christmas. Our teacher was very beloved by her students and by the parents. She was very involved staying after school to help the kids and to help kids who had been her students, if they were having trouble. Parents brought her many sweet gifts, including lots of chocolates and coffee cups.
But later on that day, we had a discussion of what she really would have liked for Christmas. Please don't get me wrong, she knew that each and every one of these gifts came from the heart. But with the economy what it has been, there were so many other things she could have used.
So here is a list of some of the things that we discussed.
She knew that she was loved by the students and their parents but these were more practical things that she could use and enjoy.
Take a good look around the next time you visit your child's classroom and have a discussion with your child's teacher. Many times you have things that you donate to charity that could be donated to your local schools. Many schools across the country are having to downsize or give up programs that they wish they did not have too.
I wish every teacher this for Christmas, Happy healthy children and enough supplies and patience to teach our wonderful children all they need to know. You as a parent, grandparent or just a concerned citizen can make this happen.
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About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.
Thanks for the great list!
That is a great idea! To piggy back on your suggestion, have the teacher create a wish list, in parenthesis showing how many of each item she needs. Then she places this list near her classroom door, so parents and students can check off during the year. It could even include a box of chocolates from time to time, smile.
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