Ideas To Show Appreciation For Teachers :: Social Distancing Style

To say that this year has been a rollercoaster ride that we didn’t anticipate would truly be an understatement! While there are silver linings to be found going from full speed to a tortoise’s crawl, the anticipation of momentous occasions such as graduation and prom have come to a screeching halt. While this is certainly hard and sad, there is one fact that has remained: our teacher’s dedication to their students has continued.

Being a teacher is one of the most multi-faceted professions where managing multiple situations (before even teaching can happen!) is the norm and rising to the occasion is expected. During this unprecedented crisis, it’s no surprise that teachers have gotten really creative with distant learning (many who are home with their own children) by utilizing platforms like Google Classroom, hosting Zoom calls, virtually preparing materials for learning and some even making visits to their students’ mailboxes to drop off goodies. It’s been said before that teachers deserve a billion dollars (thanks Shonda!) … would any of us disagree?!

We miss our teachers SO much and they truly miss our kids. In the spirit of our genuine appreciation of them for continuing to support students and parents from afar, we compiled a great list of ideas to send some love their way:

:: Grub Time :: 

Give your beloved teacher a break from having to worry about cooking (even a few places have family packs!)

Superior Grill (curbside + delivery)

Hannah Q Smokehouse (both locations curbside/drive-thru Prairieville)

Rouj Creole (curbside)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito (curbside)

Lit Pizza (curbside + delivery)

Ruffino’s Restaurant (curbside)

Willie’s Restaurant (crawfish are YUM!–curbside)

Hello Fresh (meal kit subscription service delivered to your front door)

:: Wine Down :: 

Lots to choose from for the adult beverage aficionado!

Martin Wine Cellar (curbside + delivery)

Alexander’s Highland Market (curbside + delivery)

If you think your teacher likes mixology, the El Guapo Bitters boxes {locally owned by a NOLA mom; use code “LouisianaMom” for 20% off} are way fun, too! And yes, they can ship!

:: Sweets n’ Treats ::

You can never go wrong with sweet and savory deliciousness to brighten someone’s day.

Smallcakes (curbside + grubhub delivery)

Bites & Boards (delivery)

CounterspaceBR (curbside + waitr delivery)

:: Wears and Wares ::

Treat your favorite teacher to some virtual shopping for something #quarantinecozy to wear or find a lovely ware for the home!

Mimosa Handcrafted (shop online + check out their Hug ring that benefits frontline workers)

Hey Penelope (shop online)

Sweet Baton Rouge (shop online)

Simply Chic (shop online)

SoSis (shop online)

Sarah Cashio Art (check out the cutest oyster/trinket dish–shipping or pick up in BR)

Hands Producing Hope (shop online)

:: Relax & Reset ::

When the time comes to open, these spots will be waiting to offer relaxation and tranquility. We’ll ALL be looking forward to this!

Avant Tous Beauty Bar and Spa

Louisiana Women’s Aesthetics 

The Retreat Spa

Bumble Lane Spa 

:: Miscellaneous Gift Cards ::

Here’s a few spots that any teacher would appreciate!

Amazon

Target

Office Depot

Home Goods

If we haven’t already learned this yet, teachers are SO special and manage much more than we can imagine. Whether it’s a handwritten note, a drawing, a homemade treasure or a gift card, letting them know that we see and appreciate their hard work will mean more to them than we know.

Ericka is originally a New Orleans gal who was raised to begin many dishes with a roux. Since 2011, she has happily embraced the Red Stick life with her husband of seven years, Tyler. Although she met her husband at an LSU game after her car broke down, they both attended Northwestern State University where she graduated with a Business Administration degree. After graduation, she and Tyler took a leap of faith and tied the knot. She dabbled in the corporate scene but eventually returned to school to pursue her passion for teaching and earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She taught at an inner-city school in Baton Rouge for 3 years where she gained a family of students and colleagues alike. She’s traded in her beloved Expo pens and clipboard to stay home with her sweet and adventurous one-year-old son, Cullen. She is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the sisterhood of fellow moms. Motherhood has been the best roller coaster she’s ever been on and even at the most challenging times, she tries to remember to embrace the chaos and “bless this mess” mentality. Ericka loves a good conversation, coffee, empowering other women {because we can all use a little encouragement}, laughing, baking and making memories with her family.

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