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It takes a village--remember to thank them all

Paper, pen and sincere words of gratitude. That’s all you need to capture the heart of a teacher or service provider at the end of the school year. “We truly hold on to every note, card and email we receive. If parents only knew how much such small gestures mean to teachers!” says one high school teacher, a 30-year veteran. Such notes of gratitude are everlasting, a forever gift that they can reread at a later time when feeling down, underappreciated or overworked. Of course, educators appreciate any form or thanks--gift cards, baskets of goodies and thoughtful remembrances from the students. Overwhelmingly, though, informal studies show that it truly is the thought that counts--the thoughts