These individuals play such a huge role within schools, yet probably receive the least recognition. They care about kids just as much as you. Many of them spend their own money for classroom treats and give their own time for after school events. Many of them go home each evening with thoughts of a kid stuck in their head, just like you...thinking of ways they can reach a student. Many of them SHOULD have become teachers themselves!
Here are some simple and inexpensive gift ideas to help you send your paras off on summer break feeling appreciated!
Who has a "countdown to summer" tradition they do with their students every year?? How about doing a summer countdown with your paras! Last year I did a 10-day summer countdown for my paras and they loved it!
Every day for the last 10 days of school, I surprised them with a little gift of appreciation.
Most of these can also be used any time of year to recognize your paras if you choose to do it that way! Get these free labels here.
|This is another simple and quick idea and everyone can always use a new tumbler. Find one in their favorite color or one that shows their personality. You can also fill them with goodies or put their names on them with vinyl.|
|Here is a close up of the label and you can grab them for free here. This set also includes a student label too to use on Starburst!|
If you're not super crafty or don't have the time or patience to put together these gifts, end the year by treating your paras to lunch with these easy to do Subway cards. The photo shows "Happy Paraprofessional Day," but there is also a "Thanks for all you do" and a "What a great year" included. Grab them free here. Just print, cut, and add a $5-10 gift card!
Take a look at my Teacher Gift Ideas Pinterest Board for even more ideas!