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Is it appropriate to 'tip' school workers?
>The lunch lady (or 'food service technician'), who provides healthy lunches with multiple choices for our picky eater, sends us nice little reminder notes when lunch money is due, and has a great daily relationship with our daughter (I also like the inspirational quotes she includes in the monthly lunch menu)
>The Sports4Kids coach, who encouraged our daughter to join the running club (which she enjoys greatly) and who keeps her active and interested in sports in general
>The after-school program staffer, who helps with homework and keeping the learning going long after the final bell rings
>And of course, her teacher, who has really fostered a love of reading and math in our daughter (and who our daughter will miss very much when she moves into her next grade and class)
I was thinking perhaps $20 gift cards to Target or Amazon for each (given discreetly), so they could choose something for themselves. But is this an appropriate way to show appreciation for school staff? Is it better to just give homemade thank you cards or treats?
What do you think?