Celebrate a teacher's years of dedication in the classroom with a sentimental or humorous gift. Retirement party or not, a teacher deserves to be recognised as he ends his career of educating many. Show your teacher, colleague, or loved one the important role he has played in the lives of students with a keepsake gift.
Give a retiring teacher a survival kit filled with retirement necessities. This can be filled with meaningful or comical gifts, or both. Comical ideas include a whistle for getting the attention of others or marbles to make up for the ones he has lost. You can also spray paint a lunch tray gold for when the teacher misses having a hot lunch at school. Another humorous gift is a pair of goggles for the teacher to use while exploring new places. More meaningful gifts include clay to show how he has moulded children or bath salts for the break he deserves. Put the survival kit items in a teacher tote bag, perhaps one with the school logo or name.
Give a teacher a retirement gift that displays an appropriate poem for the occasion. Write your own poem to the teacher, honouring his work. Another option is to use a well-known poem by a famous poet. This could be a poem about teachers or even a poem that the teacher taught in his classroom. Write the poem by hand, have a professional calligrapher write it or print it on the computer. Make sure to give credit to the original poet by including his name if you did not write the poem. Frame the poem in a plain or personalised frame. If you wish to personalise it, have the teacher's name or a message engraved on the frame. If you want to give the teacher a compilation of poems, consider putting the poems in a decorative scrapbook or binder.
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