At the beginning of the school year, I finally decided to relinquish my beloved Box Tops to another volunteer, and took on the position of Hospitality Coordinator at my girls' school. I was in charge of the Welcome Back luncheon for the teachers and staff before school began, and will hostess the Teacher Appreciation luncheon during their special week in May. But on top of that, I acknowledge all the staff birthdays, holidays and generally try to keep up morale and show them how much they are loved and valued. Due to some ah... unbelievable occurrances... at the school last year, I have no budget.
So it's a good thing I'm a crafty lady with lots of stash!
I've been making all the birthday cards, a dozen so far, and last week I whipped up this coffee cup cozy (or tea cosy, since that's what the recipient drinks) for a beloved teacher's birthday. She loves Hello Kitty, and is one of the best teachers Rebecca has ever had. That's really saying a lot, since Rebecca has lucked out and had some amazing women come into her life.
It's been challenging, trying to come up with cute little gifts to include with a heartfelt card, something that is meaningful and fun, but won't break my household budget (since that wouldn't be fair to my own family). I think I've been creative and effective so far, and aside from feeling like I need an extra few days in a week, it's been fun.
Tomorrow I'm going to try to come up with some decorations for the teachers' lounge that don't scream Halloween, but are still fun and festive. We'll see what develops!