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I love showing the teachers at our elementary school how much we appreciate all they do. I was PTA Teacher Appreciation co-coordinator for three years and found out that the thing teachers appreciate most is food!
Providing breakfast or lunch in the teacher’s lounge was always a huge hit. Instead of putting on one event during teacher appreciation week, we spread out events and had one every 6 weeks or so.
We set the dates, what grades we’d ask for help, and teacher luncheon ideas at the beginning of the year so we didn’t have to scramble during the year.
Teacher Luncheon Ideas
Almost every event, included food which was donated by a specific grade. We would send a flyer home a few weeks before to all, say 1st-grade families, telling them we needed help with showering the teachers with love and food.
At first, we had a list and had them email us with what they wanted to bring which ended up getting tough and items wouldn’t be spread out. We then switched to using a sign-up link, we liked Volunteerspot.com and SignUpGenius, which you can customize and list everything you need and how many people can sign up for that specific item.
It is so easy to use and it even sends out reminders the day before and after it’s easy to send thank you messages to all the parents that helped. We post the website on the flyer and then can also send it out in emails and even put on our Facebook page if extra help was needed.
Here are some teacher luncheon ideas we have done over the past years:
- Lovin’ From the Oven (baked goods and fruit! We also got some donated items from a local bread store)
- Fall Feast – chili, cornbread, salad, soups. Lots of pumpkin/Thanksgiving decorations
- Food on the Go – during conference week – coffee, granola bars, fruit, string cheese, bagged nuts
- Healthy Yummy Feast – salad bar, fruits, veggie side dishes (we did this around the holidays)
- Sandwich platters and Salads
- Baked Potato Bar and Chili
- Coffee and Treats – we took coffee orders from all the teachers and passed them out in the morning. We gave them 5 choices and used my Keurig and some other parents made some gourmet drinks.
- One Bite Wonders – appetizers/tapas
- Hop on Pop Popcorn Bar (around Dr. Seuss’ birthday) – made 3-4 different types of popcorn
- BBQ Feast
- Soups and Salads
- Comfort Foods
- Pancake Breakfast
- Desserts and Treats
- Bring a massage therapist in and have teachers sign up for 15-20 minute massages. We had one that donated his time.
- Teacher Gifts – one year I was able to get enough items donated to give one to every teacher. We pulled names out of a hat and a few winners were announced over the intercom every day of the week and the kids loved it. I got a lot of autographed books from authors donated. I went on websites of authors I knew and emailed them and it was amazing how many sent books for teachers. I also got some local restaurant gift cards, museum tickets, jewelry, and coffee.
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What other teacher luncheon ideas have you done??
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