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Thanks for Recognizing a Teacher—We’ve Got It

Join the movement to say Thanks a Million Times to a teacher who has made a difference in your life.

Request your free copy of the book, Thanks a Million Times: The Importance of Saying Thank You, Dear Teacher.

Excerpts from the book, Thanks a Million Times: The Importance of Saying Thank You, Dear Teacher, authored by Lynette Relyea

Benefits to Teachers and Students for Being Thankful

You have seen the bumper sticker: “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” Yet, in our busy lives, how often do we pause to say “thank you?” This is the purpose of the Thanks a Million Times Movement.

Thanking a teacher is more than just good manners; it is a blessed example of re-gifting. Being thankful is twice a blessing. We are blessed by the gift the teacher has given us, and we are blessed with the good feeling that comes from recognizing and acknowledging with gratitude, the gifts teachers have given us.

Now it’s time for us to give back and to say, “Thanks a Million Times” and for teachers to be recipients of the appreciation for the gift they are. When teachers are told “thank you,” they feel valued and appreciated. “Thanks a Million Times” can go a long way in helping teachers do more than just survive. They can thrive. They are energized. They are grateful. They feel appreciated. Saying Thanks a Million Times doesn’t cost anything, but the effect is priceless!

Cost of Not Saying Thanks a Million Times

We need to ask ourselves, “What is the cost of not saying Thank You a Million Times?”
Lynette Relyea

The cost in dollars

Over 500,000 teachers are leaving the classroom each year. The cost of teacher attrition continues to rise upward, now reaching over $2 billion dollars a year.

The cost to society

The loss of human potential for both teachers and students is immeasurable. Almost everyone has a special story about a unique teacher who inspired, encouraged, and made a difference. What if your special teacher had become disillusioned and left the classroom? How would your life be different today?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Mark Twain said, “I can last two months on a good compliment.” Teachers who have received notes of gratitude say that it lifts their spirits and energizes them. To the teachers, these Thanks a Million Times notes are the “golden moments of teaching.” There is no amount of money that can make you feel as good and appreciated, as a sincere, written note.

Teaching is not only a job; it is a calling. It comes from wanting to give to others and to make a difference. Reaching the student, teaching them skills to live a productive life, being an example of how to live a good life; these are all part of the bottom line for teachers. A thank you is more than just words; it is a sign of respect, an acknowledgment of appreciation. It is an acknowledgement of the teacher’s deepest truth to expand their impact.

All of us have had teachers who have impacted our lives, given us assistance, and to whom we can send a thank you. Please write your letter now.