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C'est la Vie: Teachers Need to Be Appreciated

If you have children in school, you've probably noticed that it is a week for appreciating teachers! Maybe your school has something planned or you took a collection to buy a teacher gift. If you have not heard that it's Teacher Appreciation Week, well, you still have time to show your thankfulness in some form.

Teachers really do have a tough job. In some ways, being a teacher is a lot like being a mom - it can be long hours and thankless work. Tonight I was able to help our church put together Teacher Appreciation bags for teachers at the schools in our neighborhood. It was a simple assortment of snacks, but so much better than nothing at all. We included notes of encouragement and thanks and even my kids wrote a few lines or drew a picture! (I saw one note that simply said, "You are cool!" with a smiley face.)

It reminded me first of all, that teachers do deserve to be thanked not just one week, but all year long. This small service project also reminded me that our efforts do not always need to be extravagant. Sometimes a thoughtful gift is the best even if it didn't cost us anything at all.

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