Appreciate Your Teachers

By Heather Legg

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week at our school. There was a day where the students brought in flowers and one day where they brought in cards. The PTA did a lunch and breakfast was provided on another day. It was a nice to week to show how appreciated the teachers are and I think it meant it a lot to them. It’s a good time to also let them know how appreciative we are of all they do with our kids with allergies and asthma.

We as parents have to remember that teachers have a lot to do. Each level comes with it’s challenges, whether it’s reading 150 papers on The Great Gatsby in high school, or remembering that when little Lauren says she needs to go potty, she needs to go! They also, especially in elementary, need to remember that Jack can’t have dairy and Annie has asthma, Nick can’t have red dye or Allie needs to stay away from nuts.

I was talking to two of the teachers one day this week about this very things. Not only are there kids with allergies and asthma, there are kids with other medical conditions that they pay constant vigilance to (but that’s another story, I guess). These teachers are always reading labels of treats brought in, consulting with one another about the safety of food. I know one teacher always calls the mom when food is in the class that she is not sure is safe. I remember one time another teacher was bringing something in and asking around if it was safe.

These teachers make signs for their class stating it’s an allergy free class and they tote Epipens on every field trip. They are aware of symptoms and reactions and know what to look for in case of a ingested food. They know when allergy medicine for pollen or other external factors must be taken and they share all of this with the substitute teachers when they are out.

Sure, bottom line, it’s their job. They have to. But they do it diligently and with care, and it makes it a whole lot easier on the parents to know their kids are safe in good hands. I know some of them don’t “get” the allergy thing, but they go along with it. I’ve had teachers be more careful with my daughter than I am, which makes us giggle but we do like the expression “better safe than sorry.”

My point is, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week; I’m letting these teachers know how grateful I am that they take such good care of the children. So whether you have Teacher Appreciation Week or not, whether it’s this week or not, or just at some point throughout the year, let your teachers know you are grateful, too. Let them know they’re doing the right thing. You may even want to send a little allergy free treat!

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