National Teacher Day is celebrated on May 5, 2015. According to the National Education Association, this is a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. Great teachers motivate, guide, coach and encourage us, teachers matter. The NEA and the National PTA are suggesting that we all think of ways to #ThankATeacher.

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Get Creative on Social Media 

Using the hash tag #ThankATeacher and post a photo of yourself or your child with their favorite teacher. If you love to read, speak a second language, excel at a sport or can write code, why not share your gratitude through social platforms. Join thousands of others across the nation who are expressing their gratitude in six seconds or 140 characters. Think about incorporating a community landmark into the photo or the video for that local touch.

Fill a Fruit Basket
Marin Country Mart
Larkspur Landing Circle

Larkspur, CA 94939

The iconic apple for the teacher never grows old. Visit a farmer’s market near you, the Bay Area has dozens, to fill a pretty basket with half a dozen tasty organic apples. The popular Marin Country Mart is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the opposite end of that ferry ride, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Add some oranges, bananas or a jar of locally produced honey, tie a ribbon around the basket and attach a note of thanks to brighten up the teacher’s desk. Make sure to indicate the name and address of the farm to provide that Northern California connection.

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Put Some Thought Into a Book
Books Inc.
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 321-0600

What’s your favorite teacher’s hobby? Visit an independent Bay Area bookseller, such as Books Inc. to select a book about gardening, traveling, cooking, pets, sports teams or whatever subject makes your favorite teacher happy. Make a gift of a favorite biography or autobiography from an inspirational individual or thought leader. Books Inc. is the oldest independent bookseller in the west, with book clubs, storytelling hours, author series and readings at nine neighborhood locations throughout the Bay Area.  

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Make it a Museum Day
Legion of Honor
100 34th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 750-3600

Wherever your teacher lives in the Bay Area, it’s always good to have an excuse to do some sightseeing in the city. Art teachers will appreciate a gift certificate admission ticket for the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco and science teachers might enjoy at a day at the Exploratorium, Conservatory of Flowers or the California Academy of Sciences. San Francisco has gourmet foodie walking tours, historic vessels on the pier, Walt Disney Family Museum, Asian Art and plenty more special interest venues.  Match up your teacher with a museum or sightseeing tour for a day off from teaching.

Say it With Chocolate
Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St.

San Francisco, CA 94109 
(415) 775-5500

Get the children involved in baking something up from scratch for their favorite teachers. Brownies are sure to be a hit and you can bake them using chocolate and walnuts from a Bay Area artisan maker and orchard. If brownies aren’t on your radar, home made cookies or a box of chocolates from one of the many local chocolatiers from Ghirardelli to Dandelion will make a nice presentation. Alternatively, the same goes for a bottle of Bay Area sourced olive oil or wine.   


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Laurie Jo Miller Farr loves walkable cities. A tourism industry professional and transplanted New Yorker by way of half-a-lifetime in London, she’s writing about the best of the bay and beyond for Yahoo, USA Today, eHow, and on