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Elkhart campaign sparks many notes of thanks

The Elkhart School system is asking all of its students to thank teachers and staff who've made a big difference in their lives. // WSBT 22 Photo

It's a time honored tradition, sending a hand-written thank you note as a show of appreciation.

The Elkhart School system is asking all of its students to do just that, thanking teachers and staff who've made a big difference in their lives.

Long before the invention of emails, texting and emojis, you could write and send an actual thank you note to someone who helped you out or did a favor for you. Elkhart Central High School students are just one of the groups writing the thank you notes.

It’s part of the “12 Days of Giving” campaign put on by the Elkhart Education Foundation. While it includes foundation fundraising, it also cultivates an attitude of gratitude.

“Our students are impacted by a number of people on a daily basis. Think about when they are going to the cafeteria line. They see a custodian in the hallway, past and present teachers, their bus drivers,” said Ashley Molyneaux of the Elkhart Education Foundation.

She says they're trying to teach students about the importance of gratitude and to thank those in the school system who have helped them along the way.

Students here who took part in the program say they wrote a variety of thank you notes to people of various professions. They wrote to people who helped them in their education, whether now are in the past. Some chose bus drivers and custodians, but many chose favorite teachers.

“I chose my fifth grade teacher Mrs. Baker mainly because she really didn't focus on the main concepts, although we practiced them, obviously. But we more focused on what were interested in,” said Jonathan Miller, freshman.

Two central students chose teachers Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Buckley.

“Mainly because they are always taking care of me. They make sure I have food in my stomach when I don't eat, and also because they check my grades for me and make sure I am doing the right things in class,” said Daniel Nunez, junior.

“Regardless, you know, what class I was doing and like what troubles I was having. In like real life situations, they were always there to support me. They always keep me on track,” said Aaron Coddington, senior.

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