The black chalkboard may have yielded to the white marker board, and wood desks to metal and plastic, but nothing can replace the value of a teacher who opens young minds to a world of possibilities. From the 3 R’s — still the foundation of the future, though word-wise, one is a “w” and one an “a” — to geography, civics, science, technology, literature, arts, culture and way more, a teacher is one of the most important people in countless lives.
One of the most revered teachers in the world broke through the barriers of silence and darkness when she reached into the mind of her one little pupil, Helen Keller. At that moment, Anne Sullivan exclaimed:
My heart is singing for joy this morning!
A miracle has happened!
The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind,
and behold, all things are changed!
As this school year comes to a close, acknowledging teachers with beautiful fresh flower arrangements from bloomstoday.com on Teacher Appreciation Day goes a long way in expressing gratitude for all they do for you and your children.
If you plan to say thanks to a male teacher via bloomstoday.com, there are wonderful options besides a floral bouquet. You can choose a fresh green plant which he can tend over the summer break and bring back to the classroom in the fall or step outside the vase with Trees of Tribute, where 10 trees are planted in his honor in one of our national forests. You receive an acknowledgement certificate which can be presented to your favorite guy educator. Or send a Thoughtful Gesture fruit basket as a sweet, healthy alternative.
National Teacher Day falls in the middle of National Teacher Appreciation Week, which was established in 1985 as the first week in May. It seems to have grown out of one Wisconsin teacher having written to Eleanor Roosevelt in 1944 suggesting a special day to honor teachers and the National Education Association’s efforts to lobby for recognition of teachers.
Your heart can be singing for joy with special thankfulness for a very special teacher in your life or the lives of your children or grandchildren. Cruise over to bloomstoday.com to honor them with a beautiful, meaningful, colorful bouquet of long-lasting, fresh flowers. You can even include this quote from Alexander the Great:
I am indebted to my father for living,
but to my teacher for living well.
By Joanne M. Anderson