I have been asked whether we will be doing Summer of Giving again (yes!) and I am excited to do it - then I realized that all my boys will be home in one week. Zac's school wraps tomorrow and Kyle's last day is next Tuesday. So summer starts soon! I am definitely a procrastinator but I think our Summer of Giving will start today with teacher gifts.
I have a hard time with teacher's gifts. We have been so lucky to have such amazing teachers for the boys. I wish I had millions of dollars to pay off their mortgages, or increase their salaries to the numbers they really should be getting (definitely 6 figures). I wish I could send them on vacation or even afford to send them to a spa for the day. But what I really want them to know is how incredible they are. These women (they have all been women so far) have a huge place in our hearts and our lives. They literally take my children each day and help them grow and learn. I get all weepy just trying to think of what to say to them to express how much I appreciate them. Between Zac with his autism and his intelligence that is a little hard to pull out, and Kyle who is also so smart but is a 6 year old boy who likes to play with his friends (at inopportune times), these teachers have helped us overcome obstacles and found new ways to approach problems. They have taught my guys reading and math and social skills. They have braved field trips and dealt with accidents and meltdowns. They have the kids walk in lines, take turns, use iPads and Smart boards. They somehow manage to do all this with a class full of children and then they go home to their own families. They worry about an entire room full of children in addition to their own children. I lose sleep and stress-eat just dealing with my three!
So I want to thank my children's teachers - and all the teachers out there. You get up each day and make a difference in the lives of your students and their families. You will be the ones that are remembered long into life. You aren't just teaching them from a book - you are taking them and helping them develop into their future selves. You are making a huge impact and you are some of the most important people that will ever enter into our children's lives. Thank you!
I will try and post pictures as we make the gifts today - the boys love doing it and I am excited too!