This post was sponsored by Crayola as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
My kiddos are just beginning their third week of school.
My daughter is entering first grade and my son fourth grade. Last year when my daughter started kindergarten she begged me the night before to let her stay home. She was frightened and scared and didn’t want to go to a new school. My daughter is pretty shy and tends to scare easily and sometimes has a hard time standing up for herself. I remember crying after I put her on the bus that first day, it was miserable.
She changed schools again this year because our school district has a centralized kindergarten. You might be thinking that she begged me not to put her on that bus again… but you would be wrong.
She was excited about school!
Why? Because of her kindergarten teacher Ms. Bowser.
Ms. Bowser took my shy, timid girl and gave her the confidence she needed to get over her fears. The climate of that classroom made my daughter feel comfortable and her fear of speaking up started to diminish. Toward the end of kindergarten, Caroline was raising her hand and sticking up for herself if she needed to.
The difference was amazing. This summer my daughter talked to people. She used to be so timid and shy that she would just hide behind me and not answer anyone when they asked her a question. I attribute it to her teacher.
A teacher can make a huge impact on a child’s life. I still get messages from parent’s telling me that my old students talk about their time in my class all these years later. Those messages and notes mean the world to me, and now I can do the same for the teachers in my kids’ life!
Crayola Thank a Teacher Contest
This summer Crayola is honoring our amazing teachers by hosting the Crayola Thank A Teacher contest. This contest is all about encouraging students to show their appreciation for their teacher by writing little thank you notes. Their goal is to reach one million notes from around the country by August 25th!
Kids can create and then upload their handmade thank you notes for chances to win some amazing prizes for both the student, their teacher and their school. Check out Caroline’s fun thank you note to her teacher:
Speaking of prizes, check out the amazing prizes that Crayola is awarding.
10 Winners will receive prize packs that include prizes such as these:
- $10,000 classroom makeover for the teacher
- One year supply of Crayola products for the school
- $1,000 scholarship for the student
- $1,000 gift card for both the teacher and school
- Free CreatEd seminar for the school
And one grand prize finalist with get the amazing opportunity to have his/her thank-you note featured on a special box of Crayola Crayons!
I encourage you and your kids to thank their teacher and upload a thank you note today! Who knows, maybe your note will be the one that is featured on a box of Crayola Crayons!