5 Amazing Ways To Help And Support Teachers This Year

by | Oct 22, 2020

How To Help And Support Teachers In Tangible, Life-Giving Ways

If you are looking for amazing ways to help and support teachers this year, then you’re in the right place. Look no further than right here!

Most people are connected to someone in the teaching realm, whether it’s through your own children, family members or friends.

Teachers are everywhere!

2020 has not been nice for teachers or students. Talk about a whirlwind of changes, readjustments, stress, anxiety, and frustrations.

All that to say, these amazing educators need our help and support!

How do I do that? I’m just one person.

Well I’m glad you asked.

Here’s my list of 5 Amazing Ways To Help and Support Teachers This Year.

These are simple ways to tangibly lift up and encourage your child’s teacher, or a teacher that you know, in a way that shows them that they are appreciated.

I hope as you go through this short list, you can pick one thing out right away to implement in the next week.

Don’t just read this great stuff and move on…take action!

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1. Get Them Cleaning Supplies!

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A great way to help a teacher out is to gift them with cleaning supplies!

Now before you start laughing, I am totally serious.

There is definitely a #cloroxshortage in the US right now.

For me personally, when I find a container of Clorox wipes at a store (which is rare!) I for sure buy it.

I never know the next time I’ll be able to get it again.

Teachers who are at school every day with their students are having to disinfect their rooms a ton!

Many of these districts don’t have the funds to provide every teacher with all of the cleaning stuff that they need throughout the day.

That being said, a great way to help your child’s teacher out is to give them a cleaning basket.

You can include a thing of Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, a sanitizing spray that contains essential oils (Meyer is a great brand!), a roll of paper towels, and a tube of moisturizing lotion.

You know that all of that hand washing is causing a lot of dry skin issues.

Giving them a nice thing of lotion is a wonderful way to show them that you care. You can also include a note of thanks!

This brings me to my next point.

2. Write A Note Or Email Of Thanks

help and support teachers

Whether it’s through an email, a handwritten letter, or a text, just take the time to encourage!

I can’t think of a better way to help and support a teacher right now than by writing a note or email to say thank you.

Those kinds of things are life-giving in the midst of such a hard year for everyone.

I asked a teacher friend of mine a few weeks ago what she would suggest as a great way to help teachers out this year.

This was her response:

“Truly, a note or email of appreciation. Some parents do that, but sometimes we only hear from parents when there’s an issue.”

~teacher friend

It totally makes sense!

When I taught kindergarten, any kind of encouragement was so appreciated from parents. And it didn’t take much.

A few sentences in an email or a quick note that gets included in your child’s folder, both of those options are perfect!

If you’re one of those people that likes to buy cards because you think that other people put words together better than you do, that’s fine.

Go buy a card!

But I promise you it’s not as hard as you think.

Sample Letter

Dear Mrs. Hankins,

I just wanted to write a quick note and thank you for everything you’re doing for my daughter and for the rest of the kids in your class.

Teaching this year is no joke, and I can’t imagine all the extra work you’re doing behind the scenes just to get through your days.

Just know that your work is appreciated!

Thanks for being there for my daughter and everyone else.

I’m praying for strength and endurance for you.

If you need anything or if I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Enjoy your day!

Lisa Johnson

See? That wasn’t too hard!

If you don’t think you can come up with those words on your own, just copy this note and fill in other info to specify it to your child’s class and teacher.

Whether it’s through an email, a handwritten note, or a text, just take the time to encourage!

Be intentional about telling your child’s teacher that they are important, appreciated, and cared for. It will make their day!

3. Send A Gift Card

Want to help and support teachers? I know another great way!

Get them a gift card.

Simple, I know. But sometimes simple is best.

Think On This

Katie had a long day of teaching.

She got through all of her lessons with her kids, remembered to zoom with her virtual students, spent extra time cleaning her room throughout the day, and tried to remember not to have any physical contact with her kindergarten students.

Like that’s even possible, lol!

She was leaving her classroom, about to head out to her car, when she looked on her classroom door and noticed an envelope with her name on it.

Katie decided not to open it until she got home and could actually relax.

10 minutes later after her short commute, Katie pulled into her driveway, headed inside for a good hand-washing, and threw her stuff on the couch.

Oh right, the card!

She ruffled through her bag and pulled it out.

Upon opening it, she recognized the handwriting from one of her precious kids, and saw a Starbucks gift card.

How sweet!

Attached to the card was a little sticky note from her student’s mom that said, “I know that you’ve been working so hard and could use a few pick me ups. Hope this helps. We appreciate you!”

Katie buried her face in her hands and cried, letting out all of the tension from the day, and from the year so far.

There was joy in those tears, as well as gratitude.

She was thankful that in the midst of the chaos she endures every day, someone took the time to lift her spirits by loving her in such a tangible way.

Her heart was full and less weighed down with worries!

Now think about your child’s teacher or a teacher that you know, and figure out a gift card that might make their day!

Starbucks, Target, and Walmart, are just a few out of thousands of options!

Bless That Teacher With An Amazon Gift Card!

What I love about Amazon gift cards is they allow me to shop for pretty much whatever I want!

Think about all the things that teachers could snag with one of these, and not just stuff for their classrooms.

Click on the link below and get the gift that keeps on giving.

This is a PERFECT Christmas gift to say thanks for all their hard work this semester!

Snag a gift card, jot down a note, and find a creative way to get it into their hands. It will bless them more than you know!

4. Ask How You Can Help

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Ask your child’s teacher how you can specifically help them, and let them know your availability.

Want another way to help and support teachers this year?

You can start by asking how you can help them specifically.

These are great questions to ask teachers:

  • Is there anything you need right now?
  • Is there a task I can help you with?
  • What is a specific way that I can support your class?
  • Do you need any supplies for your class? If I can’t actually buy things and give them to you, can I buy things for you on Amazon that will get delivered to you personally?
  • Is there anything I can pray for you about?

What I’ve found is that there are a lot of parents (like many of you!) who are ready and willing to help teachers, they just need direction and specific tasks.

If you are in that category, be proactive and let your child’s teacher know that you want to help, and give them available times (MWF evenings, etc).

Obviously with Covid regulations there aren’t any parent volunteers helping out during the day.

However, even though things have to be done differently, that doesn’t mean teachers have to get the short end of the stick.

We need to support them!

5. Pray For Them

Don’t be afraid to be bold! If God puts something on your heart and nudges you to ask how you can pray, just do it!

Another way to help and support teachers this year is to pray for them.

Maybe your child’s teacher isn’t religious or you’re not sure how to broach the subject. That’s ok.

But you can still pray for her.

When you pray for someone, you are bringing them before the Lord, asking Him for protection, comfort, safety, strength, endurance, faith, and anything else that’s on your heart.

That’s one of the most selfless and kind things you can do for someone.

Maybe you noticed that your child’s teacher is looking run down and stressed out.

Pray for strength and endurance.

Does she seem frustrated or irritated?

Pray for patience and peace.

Listen to your child talk about school and try and discern the overall vibe in the classroom.

Maybe you’ll get some insights into how her teacher is doing, and it will help direct and focus your prayers.

If the teacher knows the Lord, then straight up ask how you can pray.

You can send an email with Scripture, even offer to pray for her over the phone.

Here are some of my favorite verses:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

If you have a spiritual connection with your child’s teacher, that is truly a gift from God!

Don’t waste it for one second.

Don’t be afraid to be bold! If God puts something on your heart and nudges you to ask how you can pray, just do it!

Now That’s A Wrap

That was an easy list of 5 ways to help and support teachers, wasn’t it?

Here’s that list one more time for all of my note takers!

5 Amazing Ways To Help And Support Teachers

  1. Get Them Cleaning Supplies
  2. Write A Note Or Email Of Thanks
  3. Send A Gift Card
  4. Ask How You Can Help
  5. Pray For Them

You have lots of options to pick from, and you can definitely start with something!

If one of the ideas seems overwhelming to you, no worries! Pick one or two that work for you.

Remember that serving and loving other people isn’t about you, it’s about them.

Sometimes you may have to get out of our comfort zone and write a handwritten note because that’s what is meaningful to the other person.

It’s good to stretch and grow in new ways. It keeps you humble and makes you a lifelong learner!

There’s a lot of schoolyear left to endure, and these precious teachers need as much support as they can get.

Be an action taker and decide right now one way that you’re going to help and support your child’s teacher.

Write it down or put it in your phone, and then do it.

Once you have one accomplished, try and work your way through that list.

Maybe you will inspire other parents you know to do the same.

One Last Thought…

Thanks for hanging with me through this article!

I hope it inspired you and gave you great ideas for how to help and support teachers this year.

Please share this article on FB and other social media channels with the hashtag #supportourteachers. Help me spread the word!

And while you’re at it, please go HUG a teacher! They need those too.

Lots of love to each of you,

Lisa

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24 Comments

  1. Nathalia Basso

    Such great suggestions for items to gift to teachers 🙂

    Nathalia | NathaliaFit – Fitness & Wellness Blog

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks so much Nathalia! I think our teachers need and deserve our encouragement and support. =)

    • Lisa

      Thanks Denise!

  2. Carrie Pankratz

    This is great. Last Spring when schools first closed, I was overwhelmed and so stressed out that I felt physically ill. I had a parent gift me a Door Dash gift card… it was the best gift I have ever received. Such a blessing for my family to have our dinner delivered.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks for being one of many superhero teachers in our world! I’m so thankful that you have been on the receiving end of being tangibly blessed by a parent. It’s truly life-giving! Prayers for a safe and happy year with your students!

  3. hari

    seriously fantastic post.
    teachers shape our child’s life and they are some of the wonderful souls you can meet.
    thanks for sharing this awesome post!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Hari for your encouraging words!

  4. Emily Stoutenborough

    What great ideas! It’s so easy for us all to stay wrapped up in our own worlds this year, and not recognize the work and sacrifice teachers are making for our families. Thanks for this post! I’ll be implementing a few for my own teacher friends. 🙂

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Emily! Glad to know that you’ll be doing some of these things for your teacher friends! They will appreciate it so much. =)

  5. Melisa

    This is an amazing idea. Also a terrific year to help. I am taking to the kids to see what they would like to do to help.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      So glad you want to participate! I love how you involved your kids. =)

  6. Karen

    What a beautiful, unique post! I’ll definitely be sending a letter of thanks and keeping their busy lives in my prayers x thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks for wanting to pray for all of the amazing educators!

    • Kierra

      Teachers work exceptionally hard, and this year is one of the hardest. I love this post and all the great ideas.

    • Lisa

      Thanks Kierra for taking the time to read and comment! I hope you find some teachers to help and encourage. =)

  7. Alyssa

    These are great ideas! I will have to save this to use for my teacher friends. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Alyssa! I hope you get a chance to use some of these with your teacher friends. It will really lift their spirits!

  8. Jessica Torres

    Love this, especially the pray for them part. It is so important to have grace and do our part in making everything run as smoothly as possible in an impossible situation.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I can’t think of a better way to bless and care for a teacher than to pray for them. Even if they don’t know the Lord, it’s an amazing opportunity to show them the love of Christ in our actions! Thanks for commenting. =)

  9. Jessica

    Teachers deserve so much love! I especially love the gifting option of cleaning supplies because it’s a gift that ends up helping your kids too!

    – Jessica | Babble Mama Babble
    https://www.babblemamababble.com

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Jessica! I agree, I think they would all appreciate some cleaning supplies. =)

  10. Rose

    These are filled with great ideas! I know every teacher right now would appreciate Clorox wipes because like you said, you can’t find them anywhere! I absolutely love the idea of grabbing a Starbucks card or something along the way to bring a little extra joy into any teacher’s life .

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thank you so much Rose! I hope you find a teacher in your life that you can bless in a tangible way. Thanks for commenting! =)

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