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  • Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

    Teacher Appreciation week is May 1–5. It’s a perfect occasion for Builders Club, since teachers have a huge impact on club members. Here are five unique ways the club can celebrate their teachers during the week:
    • Tell” on the teacher. Encourage members to write a letter to the school administration or principal describing all the ways in which their favorite teacher has gone the extra mile. Ask whether the teachers can be recognized at a school event. 
    • Decorate the school. Builders Club members could make posters and other decorations that feature messages of appreciation. Post them in the hallways—and maybe even hang streamers from classroom doors.
    • Offer a snack cart. Members could each bring in a fun snack item. Place the snacks on a cart for members to take turns wheeling around the building, offering a snack and a few words of appreciation to each teacher.
    • Organize a car wash. Invite teachers and other school staff to a free after-school car wash in the parking lot. 
    • Present certificates of appreciation. Invite teachers to the next Builders Club meeting—where each one can be presented with a member-made certificate that includes personalized reasons why he or she is appreciated.
    Share how your club celebrated by tagging @BuildersClub when posting your stories and photos on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • Icebreaker: Building a story

    Build a team feeling among club members—by building a story together!

    Materials needed:
    • A different picture of an object, animal, etc., for each member
    Steps:
    • Ask members to sit in a circle. 
    • Club officers should give each member a picture of an object, animal or whatever category they choose. 
    • The club president should start a fictional story that incorporates the objects in his or her assigned picture. 
    • The member next to the club president in the circle should continue the story by incorporating his or her picture. Continue this with each member in the circle until every member has taken a turn. 
    • Either an advisor or the club president can lead a discussion about the importance of active listening, and how great stories and accomplishments can be achieved when the club works together.

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