You can't be a high school teacher without going through your students ups and downs. And considering how high-pressured the teen years have become, these days the downs seem more common. For Brittni Darras, an English teacher in Colorado Spring, CO, this fact became all too real when a a mom came in during a parent-teacher conference and told Darras the reason for her daughter's absence in school.
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The girl, whom Darras described as a "friendly, intelligent, beautiful, driven young woman," had attempted suicide and had only been stopped when the police, acting on a tip, had broken into the house. Darras was so moved, she asked the mom if she could write her student a letter while she was in the hospital. When the girl received it, she was so moved she told her mom: “How could somebody say such nice things about me? I didn’t think anybody would miss me if I was gone.”
Darras then realized that she needed to reach out to her students. So the teacher began handwriting cards to every one of her 130 kids, "telling each one what is special and unique about them," she wrote on Facebook. Sometimes she shared stories about them, other times just compliments. But she wanted each one to know before summer break that someone out there besides their families cared for them.
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You can watch the video that the local Fox News station made about Darras's effort to save lives by giving students the inspiration to embrace what is special about themselves and resist the pressure to fit in.
A note is a wonderful thing to write and receive--as you'll see from clicking through the gallery of children's letters below.
via My Friend Alice
"Thank you sooooo much for being my mom. If I had a different mom I would punch her in the face and go find you." LOL!