Students say ‘Thanks’ with presents, homemade gifts

Arielle Gordon

AP Psychology teacher Evan Rosenthal receives gifts from students.

By Arielle Gordon, Staff Writer

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The end of a school year means excitement and celebration for students. However, in their rush for summer vacation, they should not forget to appreciate all that their teachers have done throughout the year.

Showing appreciation for a teacher does not have to mean spending an entire wallet full of cash. For Spanish teacher Gayle Jones, nothing means more than receiving a hand-written note or card as thanks from a student.

“A card with a nice sentiment means more than anything,” Jones said.

Thanking teachers is easier than ever; as the CHS Character Education and Stude

Life Committee is sponsoring the Lots of Thanks (LOT) program again this year, providing an inexpensive way to thank teachers for all of their hard work. All students have to do is fill out an anonymous form with a message for a teacher, and it will be delivered for them.

Expensive gifts, while they may call for a trip to the mall, do not necessarily mean more than something homemade, but some students do prefer to give thoughtful store-bought gifts to their teachers.

According to freshman Ayumu Nishimura, she “usually spends $15 to $20 per teacher,” for gifts.

However, not every student needs to feel that they must buy teachers an expensive gift. In fact, there is a limit to the price of gifts that teachers are allowed to accept.

According to an October 2012 Board of Education Memorandum, any school official, teachers included, may not accept an unsolicited gift worth more than $20 at one time or $100 worth of gifts in one calendar year.

Store bought gifts can be appreciated as well. Some teachers appreciate gift cards that they can use to purchase items of their choice, and some teachers also enjoy personalized gifts.

According to United States History teacher Amanda Marshall, she really appreciated a set of personalized stationery that she received from a student. It showed that the student put thought into getting her the gift, and she could use it in school or at home.

There are many ways to thank CHS teachers for all of the hard work that they do every day and any amount of gratitude that can be expressed is appreciated.