When it comes to parent group tasks, teacher appreciation activities are some of the most rewarding. In fact, it’s sometimes hard to tell who enjoys teacher appreciation more—the staff members who receive expressions of gratitude or the PTO leaders who have so much fun putting together the plans. We’ve rounded up information, ideas, and tips to help make your efforts the best yet.

When Is Teacher Appreciation Week?

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week of May each year. This year, it’s May 7-11, 2018.

When Is Teacher Appreciation Day?

Also called National Teacher Day, it falls on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8, 2018, this year).

First, the Plan

It’s worth taking some time to think about the big picture—what does your group want to do for teacher appreciation? Consider the overall personality of your community. Would the teachers like one big luncheon celebration (costumes, props, etc.) or a low-key approach with a small gift for each staff person?

50+ teacher appreciation ideas, plus planning tools, flyers, and more

Next, the Budget (or Not)

Some groups have a line item on the budget for teacher appreciation expenses. But many don’t have any extra funds for it. No worries—teacher appreciation lends itself to homemade gifts and acts of kindness that have no cost but a person’s time.

Get Creative

Teacher appreciation is a time to let your artistic side shine. For those who need some help motivating that inner creative genius, we have you covered.

Go Big

If you have the time and money for a larger effort, impress everyone with a staff lounge makeover or a supply cake with all the supplies your teachers will need.

Last-Minute Ideas

It’s not a problem if your group hasn’t planned out its appreciation activities. Many people thrive when a deadline is looming and get great results.

Printable Forms: Organizing Your Teacher Appreciation Activities

Our free, customizable files can help you request volunteers, promote your event, and show teachers you care.

Appreciation Poems

Consider providing teachers with sweet poems that express how special they are.

Fun Gift Tags and Labels

Download and customize our free gift tags and attach them to small gifts to give teachers a virtual hug and a chuckle.

For a complete list of all our downloadables, including even more gift tags for erasers, scissors, iced tea, and more, check out the Teacher Appreciation File Exchange.

Clip Art and Other Images

Bring a little something extra to cards, notes, and emails with clip art and graphic quotes.

Event Themes

Teachers really love a teacher appreciation celebration with a fun theme. Plus, having a theme helps organizers because it simplifies planning and purchases.

One Final Note: Teacher Appreciation at the Holidays

You don’t need to worry about the holiday season now. But tuck away these ideas for next school year!

Originally posted in 2014 and updated regularly.