I’m getting ready to bundle up and head to Jack’s school to take over afternoon recess duty. For a half hour, I will stand outside and watch hundreds of Clayton kiddos run, jump, swing, climb and skip around the playground. I’m not going to lie, it’s not really as fun as it sounds, especially when it’s 12 degrees outside. But you know what? It is absolutely, hands down, the teacher’s *favorite* reward. No joke. They looove when my volunteers take over recess duty for the week. They get down-right giddy about those 15 minutes of freedom.
When I volunteered in Maddie’s 5th grade classroom, I watched Mrs. Gregory work and work and work with her students. I’m telling you, that woman never stopped. She’d work through her lunch hour and tutor during her free periods. Just because. She is that kind of teacher. I seriously worried about the poor woman’s bladder. I mean, when do teachers get to potty?
When I took over the Staff Appreciation job, I tried to brainstorm easy, low-cost ways we could show the Clayton staff some big appreciation. I got to thinking about Mrs. Gregory and her non-stop day. And then I thought, “Hey! What if we took over their recess duty?” I pitched the idea to my fabulous committee (seriously…best committee in the school!), convinced them this was going to be fun, and printed out some “Get out of Jail” free cards which explained what we were going to do for the teachers.
Oh. My. Goodness! You would have thought we gave them a week’s paid vacation! The response was overwhelming! One half-hour of our time made the staff’s whole week. It. Was. Awesome!
Need an easy way to thank your child’s teachers and staff? Try taking over their recess duty.
They’ll think you’re a ROCK STAR, I promise!