School is out for the small humans tomorrow. I can't wait. One thing that has always really bothered me about the end of school is gifts for teachers. Some school districts have outlawed gifts for teachers. Our region has not. It seems to me that I am asked to pay for more and more at school as it is. There are more field trips than ever. On top of that I'm supposed to send in tissues, sanitizing wipes and hand gel. I just received the list of supplies that I am supposed to send in with my son for 3rd Grade in the Fall. I was astounded. More and more items that should be supplied by the schools are now being supplied by the parents. This is not a new trend in my school district.
Which brings me back to the teacher's gift. I taught religious school and made it clear that I did not want anything at the end of the year. I was paid to teach. I was there to teach. I wanted to teach. I did not teach to get an end of the year gift. My students' learning was present enough for me. Watching them grasp ideas and be able to discuss them was enough for me. But that's me. I'm sure if we asked the teachers if they wanted end of the year gifts, they would probably say no while perhaps thinking yes! I don't know.
Apparently my son's teacher wanted gardening things and cash! Yes, cash. I find this particularly annoying because teachers in our district are well paid. In addition because of the economy, the unions for the teacher's aides and the school maintenance crews voted to not take pay raises this year. The teacher's union would not even consider or allow a vote on it. So did I make a cash contribution? Yes, I did. I also got her a separate gift of Godiva chocolates and a B&N gift card. We did not always get along, but she was a good teacher for my son. I don't like the end of the year gift giving, but while it is allowed I will participate.
I also sent in a gift for the School Nurse because she is leaving. She took very good care of my small humans over the years. She's a wonderful person. I also have gifts for the bus drivers. I appreciate that they safely transport my small humans.
Qwill's Qwestion: Does your school or school district allow you to give end of the year gifts to teachers? What's your experience with end of the year teacher gifts?