#21WaysToSupportATeacher #TeacherApprecation #AllYearLong

  1. VOTE! If South Carolina is going to truly appreciate its teachers, we need to vote like it. To find out more about where our gubernatorial candidates stand on education, visit scfutureminds.org/vote. Then cast your vote for the candidate who you believe will value the contribution of our educators not only during the month of May, but all year long. Find your precinct and polling location here. To register to vote go to www.scvotes.org.

  2. Inspire A Career, created by Leadership South Carolina, is a free online platform that allows members of the business community to connect with guidance counselors and other career-focused organizers in their area. Whether you’re presenting at Career Day or mentoring in a rural district, you’ll be providing students with greater access to more diverse career opportunities. Learn more at www.inspireacareer.com
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  3. Spotlight on Edcamp Palmetto – the “unconference” for teachers! With the support of Palmetto State Teachers Association, host and camp organizer Jed Dearybury provides a day of professional development, networking, and rejuvenation for our educators! How can you get involved? Become a partner or event sponsor, make an individual donation to the day, or help fill swag bags with great items for teachers. Learn more and see the 2018-19 lineup at http://edcamppalmetto.weebly.com/
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  4. Volunteer at a local school! The simplest way to get a better understanding of what life is like inside a classroom is to spend some time there yourself. Most districts have a volunteer program like Richland County School District One. To get started, check in with your neighborhood school or search online for “volunteer” along with the name of your local school district. They may have summer programs as well!http://ow.ly/fJPp30jYu2w
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  5. Spotlight on public libraries! About half of low income families nationwide lack internet access, and libraries fill that gap for students. Many libraries also provide after school programs to expand learning beyond the classroom. Give your local library a call and ask how they could use your help!
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  6. Attend a local school board meeting! You, as a voting citizen, have a voice to make sure teachers have the support they need. Most education spending and decision-making happens at the state and local level. Try attending a few meetings to understand how your school board operates and consider joining your local board!
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  7. Show them you care! Help spread the word about an interesting project in your local teacher’s classroom and find out if there’s a way to donate! Gift cards are great too, especially for supplies!
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  8.  Become a teacher!  While teaching can be challenging, it can also be a rewarding career choice. It’s a collaborative profession, so bringing energy and wisdom from a previous career to the classroom can really make a difference. www.scfutureminds.org/teach/
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  9. Free field trips!  It’s difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. Do you know any companies, like Mueller’s Spaghetti, or places, like the State Museum, that offer free field trips? http://scmuseum.org/education/field-trips/
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  10. Be a Reading Buddy! If you have time during the school day, offer to come in and read with students each week. As you read, ask students questions about the stories to help them develop reading fluency and comprehension skills. Visit readingpartners.com to learn more about reading programs in your area.
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  11. Restock the Supply Closet! Teachers typically spend $500 – $600 of their own money each year furnishing their classrooms with supplies, books and other necessities. You can help cover that cost with a donation as small as $5.00 or less! Here’s how: http://ow.ly/Dasc30k5FvS
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  12. Offer Your Set of Skills! If you’re a web developer, offer to help set up and manage a classroom site. If you have expertise doing home videos, offer to record and edit a classroom memories video. Ask a teacher how you can be of service.
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  13. Adopt a Classroom! Did you know that classrooms can register online for your support!? Adopt a Classroom offers many ways for you to make an impact from art and music funds to first-year-teacher assistance. Learn more at adoptaclassroom.org
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  14. Display messages of support! Encourage community centers, businesses, and families to hang signs and banners that give thanks to teachers like our friends at Bojangles’ and our local grocery store!
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  15. Sponsor academic competitions! South Carolina FIRST LEGO League & Robotics Education, Inc. supports the development of future scientists and engineers through robotics and STEM. You can volunteer or sponsor an event or team!
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  16. Send them a graduation invite! Let your teachers know when you’ve reached an education milestone.
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  17. Use early release days as #teacherappreciation opportunities!
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  18. Create a giant thank-you card for display in the school community!
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  19. Organize a back-to-school welcome breakfast! Here are tips on how to plan one: http://ow.ly/J9F530kgq4k
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  20. Bring in a massage therapist that could be stationed in the faculty lounge!
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  21. Submit a tribute to your favorite teacher via our website! If they’re still teaching in a SC public school, they’ll be automatically entered to win a free five-night Caribbean cruise, courtesy of Bojangles’! (Deadline to be included in the cruise lottery is July 31st.)
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Let us know when you use one of the #21waystosupportateacher by tagging us on social media with #21ways and #teacherappreciation!