Shout Out to Teachers

Grade Level: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Acts of Kindness
Letter Writing
A Simple Safe Service project from home: Let your teacher, coach, or group leader know you appreciate them. Send a note that says you notice them and are grateful. The best gift you can give them is your attention and hard work ... and turn on your camera.


Simple Safe Service activities are designed to spark generous action and conversations promoting the good of all. 

Just like you, teachers and youth leaders are learning to teach in a whole new way in a virtual or hybrid environment. They are juggling work, family, and their familiar ways to teach and support their students. You can let them know you care by listening and doing something kind that fits their style.

  1. Sign in to your online platform, turn on your camera, and pay attention to all the messages your teacher sent you and the other students. This is how you can prepare best for class and let your teacher know you care. Do your assignments.
  2. Make a list of things you know about your teacher. You hear stories about their pets, hobbies, favorite books, and family. You see how they spend their time and what they like to wear. Now, use your empathy to reflect on what your teacher likes. Dogs? Reading? Travel? 
  3. Draw a picture of your teacher doing something they like. Or write a note to your teacher or make a video. Tell them you appreciate or miss hugging them. Ask them a question that shows you were paying attention to them personally. (How is your dog? What book are you reading?) 
  4. Send the letter through the online portal you are using for classroom learning. You may also give your letter in person or send your letter via email or regular mail. 
  5. Learn more with a Learning to Give lesson called Thank You!

Reflection: Write a journal entry about how it felt to write your teacher a letter or draw a picture. Were you surprised how much you remember about your teacher? What do you think are the best things about being a teacher? What are the hardest things?


Find more Simple Safe Service activities.

Simple Safe Service

Learning to Give ... 

  • educates youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
  • equips youth by encouraging philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
  • empowers youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities (behavior).