Children are being urged not to buy Christmas presents for their teachers, but instead make a donation to charity.
Social care agency Crosscare yesterday launched its 'Thank You Teacher' card which it hopes will replace the usual gifts of candles, sweets and flowers.
By making a donation to the agency, which is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin and helps over 70,000 people in the city every year, children can download the specially designed 'Thank You Teacher' card from its website and add their own personal message.
Crosscare director Conor Hickey said: "Crosscare is aware that some schools have asked families not to buy gifts for teachers this Christmas.
"In that spirit we are asking parents instead to say thanks to teachers by helping those less fortunate."