Letters of Gratitude

Published : Monday, November 23, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Writing handwritten letters is a time honored tradition that is slowly making its way into the past. That is really a shame because taking the time to write a letter to someone lets them know how much you care about them. A letter you can hold onto forever, not like a text or tweet that often gets deleted. Getting a handwritten letter is a wonderful gift and the Barnhart School has taken strides to teach their students the value of appreciation.

The Barnhart School uses their Writing Workshop curriculum as a tool to teach students how become better writers. Mrs. Yoder, a 4th grade teacher, decided use her letter writing lesson to help her students to express their gratitude. It is a lovely sentiment that the fourth grade class took to heart. A letter to school principal, Mr. Williamson, from fourth grader Jerry read “Thank you Mr. Williamson. You are the best principal ever…I am proud to be in Barnhart School.” That is a letter Mr. Williamson is sure to be proud of for many years to come.

Fourth grader, Nathan, who wrote to art teacher Mrs. Morgan, said “You are such a great art teacher. You are kind and nice. I love learning art from you.”

Student, Filippo, wrote to math teacher Mrs. Ryland and said “I know some people don’t like math but when you teach them you make their day.” That is high praise from a fourth grader.

These letters of gratitude stem from Barnhart School’s Virtue Project. The Virtues Project focuses on the common threads that run through all religions. It includes the simple elements of spirituality and the universal values found in all cultures. Barnhart uses The Virtues Project ensures a culture of respect and character in their school and community.

These heartfelt letters were written during the week they focused on Thankfulness. Come to think of it, thankfulness is a virtue we should all be practicing, and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the perfect time to show some gratitude. Take a moment out of your day today and write a note to let someone know how thankful you are to have them in your life.

For more information on the Barnhart School you can visit www.barnhartschool.org. They are located at 240 W. Colorado Blvd. in Arcadia and can be reached by calling (626) 446-5588.

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