Tania R. recently created her parents a Kudoboard to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Her first post commemorated it with a poem:
For all the times that I forgot to say “Thank-you”, For all the special little things you do, For all the words that sometimes go unspoken, I need to say “I love you both, I do”. I love you for the way you stop and listen, And for your kind support throughout the years, For teaching me the meaning of compassion, And sharing in my triumphs and my tears. And if, at times, I may have seemed ungrateful I want to say “I truly hope you see, That nothing you have done for me has been forgotten, And day by day you just mean more to me. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage!!!
With additional posts from family and friends, the board was full of love for the happy couple.
Lori S.’s colleagues recently created her a work anniversary Kudoboard group card to recognize her 5 years at Redfin.
Here are just a few quotes to give you a flavor for the board:
Happy Redfinversary, Lori! We are so lucky to have such a supportive and down-to-earth manager to lead us. You bring such great vibes to our team! Thank you for all you do!
Congratulations! Everybody at work is lucky to have a mentor like you. Your energy and positive attitude are a source of inspiration and motivation. Wishing you a happy 5th Redfinversary!
How can it be 5 years already??!!! It’s amazing to think back and see how much has changed. Thank you so much for all your hard work and help supporting the Tucson market – we all appreciate you! Congratulations Lori! 🙂
PASE (Partnership for After School Education) is a nonprofit that has been working for 25+ years to improve the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty.
One of their board members, Fern Khan, recently turned 80. To honor Fern and recognize her service to PASE, the organization created her a Happy Birthday Group Card. There was an overwhelming response. Here are just a few quotes from the board to give you an idea:
You’ve been my “partner in crime” for, by my count, over 30 years between Bank Street and PASE, and I’ve loved working — and playing — with you evey minute of it. Simply put, I’d follow you anywhere!
Fern, I feel so fortunate to be included among those who know and love you. You are so generous with your spirit, and vast knowledge and wisdom. It is a gift to learn from you, about the educational space, careers and life at large. Happy 80th! May we all be so fortunate to share many more with you!
Happy birthday!!!! I just want to say thank you. Thank you for hiring me, giving me the space to learn and grow and for your advice, wisdom and patience. You are the best boss I have ever had. You taught me that being a leader is being patient, caring, humble, and most importantly a listener. Thank you for your continued mentorship and support. Enjoy your 80th year – you’ve earned it:)
Using Kudoboard, Mary Ellen’s class came together last year to create a thank you group card for her mentorship and inspiration as part of the SELP program. A few quotes from the board to get a flavor for it:
You’re one of the most incredible women I’ve ever met. Being on your team has been an absolute delight and blessing. You have been referred to many times as an “angel,” and there’s no doubt you’ve made an incredible difference in each and every participants lives. I love you!
You have been a light shining energy in my life the past four months. You are encouraging and powerful. I feel as though I am safe under your guidance and that you would help me if I ever needed it. You are the true definition of someone “having my back”. I wish you the best in all of your endeavors and I declare that you were successful in touching our hearts during this SELP course!
To the woman who personifies miracles and magic, who is love and grace, a relentless and powerful stand for the greatness of all who cross her path, and an unstoppable force of goodness in the world… Thank you for all that you are and all that you do!!! You are such an inspiration and a true miracle for me (for us all). I am so honored to know you and grateful for your leadership, partnership and friendship.
14 years and going strong. To help celebrate Jack K.’s tenure at NPI, his colleagues created him a Kudoboard. With some terrific shark and tiger GIFs, Jack was sure to feel the appreciation. But the notes on the group card are typically what make it special. Here are just a few:
Thanks to the man who has many faces and knows just about if not everything there is to know about our company. Fourteen years is an amazing accomplishment Jack, good on you for everything that you have helped this company become and for making sure that we have the materials needed to ship the orders we take. Congratulations!!!
Congrats on hitting the 14 year mark! Your hard work and dedication has helped shape RAM Mounts into the company it is today!
Jack! Thank you so much for being my scanning buddy, I don’t know what I’d do without you! Despite an intense workload, you are always so willing to answer questions and help me with various requests. I’ve really enjoyed the past few months of working near you and with you more. It’s been lovely commiserating over those staples in our scans together 😉
Sometimes a few lovely notes from colleagues are just what the doctor ordered for your birthday. That was certainly the case for Joann S., who received a happy birthday eCard from her coworkers on Kudoboard. Here are a few of the notes:
Happy happy birthday to someone who brings a smile to everyone around her. Hope you have the most wonderful day, and that you get treated like the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee!! 🙂 You deserve it!!
Happy Birthday, Joann! I feel so lucky to have worked with such an uplifting, inspiring woman as you for the past three years! I hope your day is full of joy and fun. Onward and upward!
Joann, happy birthday to you! You are not only a beautifully empathetic, charismatic, and incredibly well-adjusted person; but you are also my favorite person to get through a stressful day of last-minute changes with. I hope that on your special day, you get to take a break from travelling for work, and perhaps start planning your next European bike trip with all those points 🙂
Last year Beverly Weller was chosen by Washington IST teachers to receive recognition as one of their best student mentors. A few excerpts from the board:
Thank you for all that you do to support your students. I have enjoyed partnering with you the last few years and appreciate your experience and commitment to your students.
You have always been so dedicated to the progress and success of our students, so a big thank you to you! It is so refreshing to work with such positive and approachable mentors, such as yourself 🙂
Thank you for being an amazing mentor for our students. It has been a pleasure working with you for the last few years!! I always know you will respond to my emails and help me in motivating and encouraging our students.
Whether it’s teacher appreciation week, the end of the semester, or there’s an upcoming retirement – it’s often a challenge thinking of a unique and meaningful way to thank a special teacher.
But don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with some great, tried and true, ideas.
1) Kudoboard Group eCard
We of course recommend Kudoboard (no surprise, right?), an online replacement for the card that’s passed around and signed.
Whether you’re on the PTA and want to pass it around to fellow parents, or you’re a college student passing it around to your classmates – a Kudoboard is the perfect way to gather a large group to show some teacher appreciation.
Just take a look at a few Kudoboards that folks have made for teachers to get a sense for how special they can be:
“I have more than enough classroom supplies” – no teacher (ever)
Teachers love their students, but boy oh boy…those kids can be ravenous when it comes to supplies! Sure little Johnny…feel free to borrow the white out *again* to fix a mistake.
Help them out by getting them some of the much needed essentials, or provide them with funds to use at a site like Teachers Pay Teachers so they can purchase lesson materials from other teachers. Double bonus – then you would be helping two teachers!
3) A Night On the Town
Hard as it might have been to imagine when you were a little kid, teachers are people too! And they’d love to go out and relax a bit after a long week of work. Help them out by treating to a night of fun this teacher appreciation week, perhaps even getting them a ticket to a popular show playing nearby.
Sometimes all a teacher needs to brighten their day is a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Particularly if you live somewhere a bit cold and gray (*ahem* Chicago, we’re looking at you!), then a splash of color on their desk can make all the difference.
NOM NOM NOM. Enough Said.
6) Gift Card
From popular restaurants to nearby relaxation spas – a well thought out gift card is sure to make the teacher in your life feel appreciated on teacher appreciation week. Just don’t forget to write a nice note, as well, to say thanks directly!
ps – fun fact, one of the Kudoboard founders used to be a teacher. He actually came up with the idea for Kudoboard in the classroom. Read more about it here.
Kudoboard is most often used in the workplace to celebrate birthdays, work anniversaries, onboarding, and farewells. But it’s also great to use in your personal life – whether to celebrate a family member or friend on a special occasion, or to recognize an artist that you love.
Here’s what it looks like in action on Twitter, start to finish: