Day 39: 60 Letters of Gratitude

Tokyo, Japan
“Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.” — Tom Hopkins

Dear Mr. Williams,

In fourth and fifth grade I was lucky to have you and Ms. Gunther as our life skills class teachers. I was new to Harry stone and I remember wondering what is this class for. I am so very grateful to have had to take it because I got to cook and learn about balancing checkbooks and well other “life skills.” Thank you for being a teacher who cared about the students.

When I got to middle school you had started a class up that changed my life. Thank you. Thank you for creating the leadership class elective. Thank you. The assignments you gave us in that class were ones that I will never forget. I remember having to design a product and create a sales pitch. Mine was a shoe that you could customize. I put more effort into that shoe than I did my other class assignments. I remember we wrote a script for a movie. Thank you. I learned a lot about working in groups from that assignment.

The place where I got to shine was the entrepreneurship fair. I took the class in eighth grade and the people who took the class the previous year set up and held the first fair. I participated as a vendor the first year and made so much money. The second year since I was in the class I had the pleasure of organizing and improving upon the last years set up. I put so much work into where tables would be set up, how the money would be collected, what was allowed to be sold and who could participate. Thank you for the opportunity to do something outside the normal sit at your desk and take this test school day.

Thank you for being enthusiastic all the time. You were always so excited to be there and I understand why. Thank you for not letting the politics of the public school system block your efforts to teach skills that were necessary for life. Thank you for being a real teacher. Thank you for being a genuine person and wanting to create leaders of tomorrow. I look not only at my life but at some of my peers who were in the leadership class as well and I know you would be proud. Thank you.



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