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Around the Home: Find special ways to say ‘thank you’

POSTED: April 18, 2012 1:00 a.m.

April and May offer some great opportunities for saying “We appreciate you.”

So, let’s take a look:

• Administrative Professionals Day is April 25.

• Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11.

• National Nurse Week is May 6-12.

Be sure to check with your school for updated information. Activities can vary depending on the school’s schedule.
And remember to include the bus drivers, custodians and school resource officers on your list for “end of the year” gifts.

Here are some ideas:

• A cookbook or food gifts such as brownies, candy or cookies.

• Gift cards or gift certificates

• Handmade “thank You” cards placed in a special decorated box or scrapbook.

• Items with the school logo such as a T-shirt or water bottle.

• Movie theater gift certificates

• Buy or make a journal and fill it with messages and/or photos from students and parents.

• Set up a surprise potluck lunch or dinner celebration.

Box tops help students

Keep collecting those BoxTops for Education. Schools receive money in exchange for the box tops collected.
You can track your school’s progress on the official website, The site also offers coupons and recipes such as Sunny Lemon-Raspberry Muffins, Tropical Smoothies and Grilled Pizza Quesadillas.

Look for the collection sheets, similar to coloring sheets, which add fun and creativity to students’ efforts to collect and save box tops.

The website also offers tools to help increase awareness about the program.

Quick tip: Boost your collection total and energize your students with a friendly competition among grade levels or homerooms.

Here are some additional tips offered by the website:

• Put a BoxTops collection bin at your workplace, place of worship, health club or other places you regularly spend time.

• Get friends and family members to contribute by collecting BoxTops and signing up online.

• Let your coordinator know you’re ready and willing to do what they need. Sometimes even a “thanks” can go a long way.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. Contact: 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on


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