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Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Child’s Teacher

Show your appreciation with these simple gift ideas.

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11, we asked teachers at a local K-8 charter school about their most cherished gifts from students. While many teachers do enjoy gift cards to their favorite stores, coffee shops, and movie theaters, there are other thoughtful ways families can say thanks. We found that what teachers cherish most are the gifts that—as one teacher put it—come from the heart. Here’s what they had to say about their favorite gifts:

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Want to really wow the teacher? Get the class to pitch in on a bigger gift, like an Airbnb gift card to spend a night or two away with family or friends during summer break. Or, if you have a teacher who loves theater, purchase two tickets to a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Ask your child if there is a particular mountain location or activity that the teacher mentions often. This way, the kids get to be part of the surprise, and seriously consider what their teacher might like.

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