Gifts We Give

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Combine teacher appreciation with quick training, using
these ideas.

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Set the Mood
Decorate the tables with wrapping paper, bows, and
curling ribbon. Make a special place for each teacher by adding
this poem to a placemat, bookmark, or place card.

Children — God’s Gift to Us
Some come in boxes, tied up with bows.
Others are covered with paper that glows.
However they come, there’s one thing we know — Children are God’s
gift to us.
Some come in gift bags and tissue paper fluff.
Others are sloppy with “hangin’ out stuff.”
However they come, we can’t say it enough — Children are God’s
gift to us
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Speak the Truth
As a training theme, use the topic “Gifts We Give
Children.” Ahead of time, collect thank you letters from children
and parents to read to your volunteers to focus on all the ways
they’ve blessed children.

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Say a Prayer
Ahead of time, write each teacher’s name on a gift tag
and then put the tags in a gift bag. Have teachers each draw a tag
and pray for that person.

Special Delivery
In closing, give a small gift to your teachers. Gift
certificates to coffee shops and bookstores are a great way to say
thanks. If your budget is tight, consider making your own gift
certificates for “Coffee and Doughnut Delivered to Your Classroom,”
“One Complimentary Puppet Performance,” or “One Free
Storytelling.”

Lori Turner
Fredericktown, Ohio


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