Inspired by Teachers and Their Influence


Teachers Don’t Give Up

Reading through all of the comments on the Teacher Appreciation Giveaway post has really inspired me. There has been one common theme that has stood out, “Don’t Give Up on Any Child”. This is probably not a surprise to anyone, but as I take a minute to think about what kind of patience, faith, and love this must take day after day, I can’t help but have even more of an appreciation for educators.

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Teachers are Influencers

In addition to planning their lessons, grading papers, assessing children, and instilling a routine and an enthusiasm for knowledge – teachers are Influencers. They have such an impact on the students and children that they reach every day. I hope that all the love that is shown to teachers throughout Teacher Appreciation Week encourages them to keep doing what they are doing because educators really do matter.

Teacher Appreciation is Fuel for Empowerment

Education World published an amazing article encouraging parents, faculty, and administrator to continue showing appreciation past Teacher Appreciation Week titled, 65 Ways to Recognize Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week and All Year Long.  

The list of ideas is long, but I thought I would share 3 of my favorites from the list, and my own addition. Something that I think is important and may not be one act, but will go a very long way is to Always Provide Feedback! Whether you are an administrator that has just done an observation or a parent attending a parent/teacher conference, provide feedback to the teacher.  They spend effort and time, in addition to what they already do, to prove that they are making a difference in their students’ lives. Specific feedback about their methods and lesson plans is something that can go such a long way. If they are doing a great job, what is it about what they do that makes you say – they are making a difference. Continue reading

Letters for Books


Last winter while vacationing in Florida, S&S Worldwide CEO Stephen Schwartz struck up a conversation with teacher Ilyse Opas. Opas teaches at Cox Academy, a charter school in East Oakland, Calif.

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After discussing how budget constraints impinge on buying updated learning material, Schwartz presented Opas with a $750 gift certificate to S&S. In return, he had one simple request – to receive letters from the grateful children.

The gratitude is understandable the more you learn about the school. Located in a low-income neighborhood and suffering from lagging test scores, staff and teachers like Opas are working tirelessly to narrow the achievement gap, which could as easily be called a “supplies gap.” Schools that can’t afford new learning materials simply struggle to keep pace with schools that can, which is why Opas promptly used the certificate to purchase new books.

She also made good on her promise to repay Schwartz with dozens of hand-written thank you notes from her students. Continue reading

Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway! *UPDATED*


Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th-May 8th this year, so what better way to celebrate our teachers than giving away $500?!

Five winners will be selected from the comments below to win a $100 E-Gift Card!


To get 20% off your next order with us, use offer code E4221!

All you need to do is COMMENT BELOW with your favorite teaching experience or your favorite memory as a child that you had with a teacher! Winners will be chosen on Friday (5/8). Good Luck!

UPDATE! Winners have been selected! Thank you so much for all of your entries, they were so inspiring!

1. b*****[email protected]
2. d*************[email protected]
3. m**********[email protected]
4. b**********[email protected]
5. c***[email protected]

A Dandy Bouquet for Mother’s Day!


For anyone out there who thinks they can’t craft and need tons of spare time to do one, this project is for you! With many crafts, you may think to yourself, this won’t take too long….. then hours later…. you’re still not done.

This craft is for pretty much any age group and we think it will make the perfect DIY Mother’s Day gift!


T-Shirt Yarn
Bisque Flower Vase

Start by cutting about a three inch long strip of T- Shirt Yarn and set it to the side, then begin wrapping the T-Shirt Yarn by the spool around all of your fingers (except your thumb). Continue reading

Tricks and Tips to Tie Dye


I think a part of why tie dye is so cool and fun to do is because you can experiment with so many different colors and patterns. There are different methods that you can use to get different techniques, but the most common is using string, rubber bands, and even zip ties.

My experience with tie dye is that natural fiber fabric will hold more dye, leading to a brighter, longer lasting result. You can use 100% cotton shirts or even other fun items like scarves, bandanas, and draw string bags. I suggest pre-washing the materials if you can, for sizing and to remove any dirt so that the dye saturates better (do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets, which can leave a residue).

Important Tip: If you pre-wash (recommended), there is no need to dry your garment. You want the fabric to be wet (but not dripping) when you tie and dye.

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