August 17, 2009

A challenge to Optimist Clubs: Teacher Recognition

A thought came to me today as I was sifting through Optimist Club news looking for back-to-school topics which, by the way, so far have been very few. Optimist Clubs frequently recognize students, scholars and athletes, but very few recognize teachers and educators. I don't know of any that recognize classified or support personnel.

These certainly seem like missed opportunities. So today's post is more of a challenge for our Optimist Clubs. Let's do something to recognize teachers. Here are some thoughts:
  • Hold an essay contest where the students nominate their favorite teacher.
  • Hold a poster contest where the students draw their favorite teacher.
  • Ask the PTA or PTO to help find the most inspirational teacher.
  • Ask teachers to nominate their colleagues.
  • Have the principal recommend likely candidates for teacher of the year.

One of the greatest things about Optimist Clubs is they have the ability to start-up and carry out meaningful programs. This one might be just the right thing for your community.

Do you have any suggestions for getting this program off the ground? What about prizes? What would be appropriate? Leave us your thoughts please, or send them to me at linda [at] newoptimistclub.com.

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