Plenty of children love to show their appreciation for their teachers by gifting them presents in the season of giving.
From mugs to chocolates to stationary and socks, it isn’t unusual for kids to thank their teachers for all their hard work by giving them a little Christmas present.
One pupil though at Amistad Elementary in Washington, had to think out of the box to get a present for their favourite teacher as they initially had nothing to give.
Third-grade teacher Rachel Uretsky-Pratt took to Facebook last week (December 19) to share the story about how one of her pupils showed their gratitude in the sweetest way
Starting off her post by writing ‘to help put your life into perspective’, Rachel described how on the last day of term before the school breaks up for Christmas, she receives presents from her students.
Today was the last day before our winter break. We will have two weeks off to rest with our families and loved ones over the holidays then head back to school in 2019.
With it being the day before break and Christmas right around the corner, most teachers bring their kiddos something such as books or little treats and occasionally in return receive something from their students.
Today I received some chocolates, sweet handmade notes, some jewelry, but these Lucky Charm marshmallows stood out to me the most.
Since this pupil wanted to give Rachel a gift but couldn’t afford to buy a present, they picked out the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms cereal they eat as a part of their free breakfast at the school.
Wrapping them up in the packaging her cutlery comes in, the pupil made Rachel smile when they presented her with the present.
Ending her Facebook post by asking people to be grateful this season, Rachel concluded:
You see, 100 per cent of my school is on free/reduced lunch. They also get free breakfast at school every day of the school week. This kiddo wanted to get my something so badly, but had nothing to give.
So rather than give me nothing, this student opened up her free breakfast cereal this morning, took the packaging of her spork, straw, and napkin, and finally took the time to take every marshmallow out of her cereal to put in a bag—for me.
Be grateful for what you have, and what others give you. It all truly comes from the deepest parts of their hearts.
The teacher’s words clearly struck a chord with people as her post has at time of writing (December 24) received over 362,000 likes and 122,000 shares on Facebook.
In the 22,000 comments, numerous people have commented about how lovely the story is describing the student’s gesture as ‘sweet’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘truly coming from the heart’.
Other teachers also shared similar stories in the comments section including Amy Thompson who wrote how one of her pupils gave her ‘his best bear hug’ as he couldn’t afford a gift.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.