Ms. Kitchen was Emmy's awesome 1st grade teacher and we pulled off a class gift that was super special just for her.
The 'group gift' ended up being a creative effort--a wood crate (from Joanne's) that I painted white and used paint pens to write the main quotes (found through Google). Then using Ed Emberley's Fingerprint Book (click here to find on amazon) for ideas, I had each of the kids use their fingerprints to create garden type animals on the box, and used a black paint pen to write their name next to their creation. Parents donated gifts, school supplies, gift cards and fun personal handmade creations to the box to make for a super cool present. Another parent and I also took pictures of each student, and I created a photo banner as a classroom decoration for her. I used some great red burlap I had (Joanne's at Christmas time), twine, and my sewing machine to create the banner, and then stapled the kids pictures and names onto the burlap.
I think they turned out pretty cute, if I don't say so myself!
Our kids loved Ms. Kitchen and we all loved blessing her!
Zeke's teacher's gift is in another post... directly from Shutterfly. :)