©2005 Susan Noyes Anderson
An apple for the teacher is
a custom tried and true,
a way of saying “thanks” for all
the good things teachers do.
This symbol is significant,
for apples grow from seeds––
like those our teachers plant in
children’s minds, to meet their needs.
These precious seeds, sowed kindly by
a teacher’s loving hand,
spring forth in trees of knowledge that
spread out across the land.
The vital fruit of these great trees
is picked and freely shared,
each taste a promise to the world
of rich, new ground prepared.
And so the cycle goes, from seed
to sprout, to bearing tree.
We’re grateful for the hands that sow
our children’s destiny.