A Thank You Group Card to a Beloved Teacher

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.

See the full Kudoboard here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/lUCxB5bI

Thanks for giving us permission to share your Kudoboard story, Mary Ellen!

Happy 14th Work Anniversary with a Kudoboard

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 😉

See the full board here:

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/RWQnsVRT

Thanks for giving us permission to share, Jack!  

Happy Birthday eCard From a Group of Colleagues

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 🙂

See the full happy birthday ecard here:

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/OCe2ghp6

We appreciate you giving us permission to share your board, Joanne!

Thank You Group Card to Recognize a Student Mentor

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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.

Check out the full board here:

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/hv5qMP7S

Thanks for giving us permission to share your board, Beverly.  And a (belated) congrats from all of us at Kudoboard!

6 Great Ideas For Teacher Appreciation Week & Beyond

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

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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:

2) Teaching Supplies & Resources

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“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

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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.

4) Flowers

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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.

5) Treats

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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.

Group eCard From Fans

What do Reba McEntire, Ashley McBryde, Carrie Underwood, and Michael Ray all have in common? 

If you guessed that they are all country music artists, you’d be right. But more importantly (to us anyway!), they all have fans that recently created them Kudoboards. 

Check it out here:  Reba’s Kudoboard, Ashley’s Kudoboard, Carrie’s Kudoboard, Michael’s Kudoboard.

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:

From inviting others to contribute…

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To seeing the messages roll in…

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To delivering the board…

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To seeing the recipient’s reaction!

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Choosing The Right Kudoboard Option For You

Users occasionally email us asking whether a Premium Package or Kudoboard for Business is best for their use case. The simplest answer:

If you need more than 1 Kudoboard creator, custom board backgrounds & branding, advanced administrative/privacy controls, or priority support – go with Kudoboard for Business. Otherwise, a Premium Package will likely save you a bit of money.

For a different way to look at it, here is a decision tree to explain our thinking around which Kudoboard option to choose: 

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Still have questions?  No problem – you can always email us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you within 1 business day. 

Hope that helps!

The Kudoboard Team

7 Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

1.BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS

Does your employee like to read?  Recognize employee appreciation day by stopping at a local store and buying them a gift card or a book on a subject you know that they are interested in.

2. UNIQUE SWAG

Sometimes that sweet, sweet company sweatshirt is all you need for employee appreciation day. It not only creates a stronger bond between you and your employee but can help to foster a positive company culture.

3. COMPANY SOCK CLUB

Who doesn’t like a pair of unique socks, particularly when they show how much you know about your employees’ hobbies? You can never have enough socks with musical instruments on them, right!?

4. COMPANY CULTURE

Think of company culture as also rewarding your employee on employee appreciation day with gifts that speak to culture. If you are from a large city, you know just how expensive a theater ticket can be. You can make employee appreciation day special by giving two theater passes to a hot show!

5. A CUP OF COFFEE

Make that a cup of really good coffee for your employee. After all, employee appreciation day comes but once a year.  You’ve been at a local coffee joint with your team. You’ve seen just what coffee your employee likes.  Buy a mug.  Add a bag of coffee and a gift certificate.  You’re set!

6. PERSONALIZED MESSAGE

There are so many small ways to reward someone on employee appreciation day. Go to LinkedIn and congratulate your employee with a personal message. Write them a note and leave it on their desk.  What is most important is that you show that you care.

7. GROUP CARD

We’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest Kudoboard as one way to recognize someone on employee appreciation day. Nothing goes as well as giving your employee an online recognition board created by your whole team . All you need to do is go to Kudoboard (www.kudoboard.com) to get started. You can also order a hard copy for mounting. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s personal.  It’s also a way to create an office tradition.

The Ultimate Get Well Group Card

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NBA Pacers’ all-star Victor Oladipo suffered a season ending injury when he ruptured the quad tendon on his right knee in a win over Toronto on January 23rd.  

As anyone who has spent time in Indiana knows – that state loves its basketball.  While they were heartbroken that their star would be out, they also wanted to let him know that they were behind him 100% in his recovery and eventual return. 

The Pacers marketing team created Olidapo a Kudoboard, put it on their website, and let the fans take it from there.  Nearly 1000 (!!!!) posts later, Olidapo has one of the larger Kudoboards that’s ever been created. Check it out HERE!  It takes a few seconds to load since there are so many pictures posted, but the wait is worth it.