Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that really make an impact. Case-in-point: an Australian teacher’s welcome letter to fourth grade students that has taken the Internet by storm.
It’s a simple note, but one that carries with it such a profound kindness for the incoming pupils that it has sparked a viral reaction in recent days. The note, which encourages the kids to “remember to aim far,” opens by welcoming the students to the fourth grade.
“I’m so glad that you’re here. Here is a little goodie bag to help you kick off the year,” the unnamed teacher’s poem reads, going on to explain the meaning of each item in the bag. “The eraser is to remind you that it is OK to make mistakes. We’ll work and learn together, no matter what it takes.”
The bag also contained stickers, a puzzle and candy, among other elements, with the teacher including each item in the poem.
“The bookmark is to show you you’ll always have a place. If you ever feel a little lost, we’ll help you find your place,” the text continues. “The smarties are to remind you how smart I think you are. Work hard and do your best.”
While the teacher’s name hasn’t been released, a photo of the poem was shared by the Bowen State School in Renown Park, Australia, and was attributed to a teacher at that school. A description accompanying the photo merely read, “Just one of the ways that our brilliant teachers welcomed their new students this morning.”
In a statement to ABC News, a spokesperson for the Queensland Department of Education and Training said that the teacher in question found a note online and then adapted it for the children in her class; that spokesperson praised the educators at the school for creating a positive environment for incoming students.
“This is a great example of the welcoming atmosphere Bowen State School teachers and staff created for students as they started the school year,” the spokesperson told the outlet. “The school’s dedicated teachers came up with a range of ways to make new and returning students feel welcomed and confident for the year ahead.”
The school’s original Facebook post from late January has been liked more than 14,000 times, shared more than 32,000 times and has sparked more than 2,000 comments.
“Such a lovely outlook to pass on to students,” one Facebook user wrote. “If all teachers at this school have a similar aim, what a fortunate group of students these are.”
Another added, “Absolutely awesome…such an brilliant teacher.”
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