January 22, 2003
As a first grade teacher I was in a great position to see my students succeed as they progressed through school. I kept my class list each year and as I read or heard about any achievement a child made, I would send a note acknowledging it. When it came time for graduation, I would scan the paper for names of former students. I would send them a graduation card with a personal note telling them how proud I was to see them reach their milestone in education. The class list gave me many addresses, which I checked with the phonebook to be sure the family still lived at the same residence. If I could not find an address, I would call the high school or send the card to the school for the student. I have gotten so many replies, telling me how much that meant to the student. Many times I would also get a picture. This has been a rewarding experience for me and my students!