Posted by Jamie M., Book Specialist on April 04, 2017
"An apple for the teacher, that seems the thing to do..."
While an apple a day keeps the doctor away, an apple gifted to a teacher from a student is seen as a sign of respect and admiration.
It all comes down to this: During hard times, produce was a form of payment!
As far back as 18th century Scandinavia and as close-to-home as the Great Depression era of the U.S., apples were given from struggling families to their town educators as a form of payment for their child’s education.
The custom even influenced music! Click the video below to hear the 1939 retro hit, “An Apple for the Teacher”, sung by Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell.
A universal symbol of education as well as a nutritious snack, the apple has transformed from a necessary form of payment to a sentimental gift, a sweet way for a pupil to express their appreciation.
Send this song to any teacher or educator who has influenced you over the years – or better yet, hand them an apple in person!
Let's keep this delicious tradition going! - The Bulk Bookstore Team