Moms Talk: What is Appropriate for End-of-Year Teacher Gifts?
Do you believe in more lavish rewards for your child's hard-working teacher? Or is this tradition ripe for abuse?
That nervous frenetic energy your children are putting off is a sure sign of what is to come: the last day of school.
That day, dedicated to the pursuit of freedom, often is also filled with goodbyes, thank yous, and the recognition of what students and the teachers that have guided them have accomplished.
But how do you recognize the dedication of a teacher? A gift? a note? Is it as simple as some baked treats, or as lavish as high-priced gift cards?
Is the bright smile of a child moving on to the next grade all the reward a teacher needs to feel their work has been recognized?
While teacher gifts are a regular part of the last day tradition, it is by no means uniform. Some districts are limited by rules for public employees, while others limit the dollar value themselves to avoid ethical dilemmas or political jockeying.
What do you think is appropriate for a teacher’s gift? What have you given in the past and why?
Our five-member Moms Council — including Jodi Saari, Dyane Garvey, Kathy Anderson, Niki Seabright and Mary Jeanne Schneeman—is ready to weigh in on the discussion this week and encourage you to share your thoughts as well.
Post your thoughts, advice or questions in the comments section below. Also, if you live in the area and are interested in joining our Moms Council, e-mail Editor David Henke at email@example.com.