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Write a Letter Praising a Teacher

An End-of-the-Year Gift That Counts

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Were you happy with your child's teacher this year? Did the teacher make a special effort to connect with your child and make learning fun and exciting? Don't just thank the teacher -- send a letter to the teacher's boss singing those praises. A letter to the principal, superintendent, or director of special-education services not only adds something nice to that educator's file, it gets the word out that you are someone who will not just complain about the bad but appreciate the good.

Do the letter up right -- what's called for here is not a dashed-off e-mail or a hastily scrawled note but an honest-to-goodness typed business-style letter on nice paper in a business-size envelope with a stamp and everything. Give a copy of the letter to the teacher as part of your end-of-the-year gift, and don't restrict your writing talents to just the teacher -- if a therapist, paraprofessional, bus driver, or other school worker has also gone above and beyond, give them some recognition, too.

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