I call it our "Thanks for Giving" project!!! I start by having students choose a staff member that they want to thank. Then, we secretly set up a little white lie...they have to approach this person and tell them that we are doing a social studies project about the different people who help them at our school.
I take their photo together, print them, and then get ready for the secret writing project to begin! First, the students write a thank you letter to their special person and sign it Thanks for Giving, (student name). Then, they publish their piece by putting it on some scrapbook paper framed with construction paper. I don't do any editing on these since I want the writing to be in true kid form!
Then, we give them a special invitation with their designated time that they should be in our room. When they arrive, we give them the royal treatment! They walk down a decorated red carpet (red fleece). The child who wrote to them, greets them at the end of the carpet and reads their letter-be prepared for tears!!!!!
I have found this project to be so meaningful to the students and the recipients. It's a shout out to those unsung heros that work in the building. I still walk into the cafeteria and see the photos from the past few years hanging in the lunch lady's office. It's a wonderful feeling to make their day!
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