Thank a teacher during their special week

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Austin (KXAN)- The Association of Texas Professional Educators is encouraging parents and students to thank a teacher this week.

May 5th through the 9th is Teacher Appreciation Week and Stephanie Jacksis with ATPE told KXAN’s Erin Cargile some easy ways you can show some thanks for all the work they’ve done.

ATPE asked members what gifts they would appreciate receiving from parents and their students. Based on their answers, ATPE offers the following gift ideas to acknowledge your teacher:

• Gift cards. You can give teachers a gift card to a school supply store to help with their classroom expenses or to a local coffee shop so they can grab a quick breakfast and drink on their way to work.

• School supplies. Teachers often spend their own money to keep their classroom stocked with items students use throughout the year. Some good options might be glue sticks, dry erase markers, tissue boxes or classroom decorations.

• Letters of appreciation. Gifts don’t have to cost you anything. A simple letter to your teacher saying how they’ve helped throughout the school year could be the most sentimental. Another option is to write a letter to their principal or superintendent saying what a wonderful job they’ve done.

• Support and respect. The most requested item was for parents to become more involved by talking to their children about respect and practicing good behavior at home. Simple lessons such as raising your hand before speaking and listening to instructions can help teachers focus more on teaching and less on discipline. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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