We are keeping track of the impact the “You Make a Difference” Letter is having around the world. Click on the month to see ALL the feedback. Below is a sample.
Letters were sent out Monday September 11th.
BOLD = class discussion points!
September 14th, 2017 (Tiverton, RI 15 minute letter): Email from a Hanover High Secretary
A woman called this afternoon. She was a Hanover resident for 35 years and had two children go through Hanover Public Schools. “The daughter was a wonderful student; the son was ok – you know boys!” (her words not mine!)
She told me that her granddaughter unfortunately passed away a long time ago. The family awards an annual scholarship through the DARE program. S.D., a freshman, received this scholarship in 2014. He wrote her an amazingly thoughtful and heartfelt letter thanking her once again for the scholarship. He wrote about how the scholarship changed his life. He could not thank her enough for everything she did for him and every other person that she helped over the years. She asked if she could read the letter to me. She did and broke down crying while reading it.
Mrs. Z. could not thank you enough for assigning this task to the students. She said the letter made her day, and made her life. She will never be the same.
I am so sorry that you were not available for this phone call this afternoon.
Please call her at your earliest convenience! She would really like to thank you personally.
September 14th, 2017 (Connecticut) Email: Dear Mr. Molloy,
We received a most heartwarming and endearing letter today from our grandson, S.R. My wife and I were deeply touched and remembering those wonderful times in the past was a joy. Thank you for introducing letter writing to this generation.
I have a comment and a question. As part of my retirement I teach third year medical students the value of communication. During the session I ask if any of them have ever handwritten a letter to a member of their family. Overwhelmingly the answer is NO! When I recall and still read some of the many letters I wrote as a young man to siblings and parents, I am sorrowed to think that this generation will miss all that. I hope your session may be a beginning for some to start writing. Email and text are not enough. Teacher Question: How many text / snapchats per day?
My question is that since S. sent his letter to both of us, may I copy the instructions for Write it Forward so my wife and I can respond individually. I do hope I am clear in our intent.
September 14th, 2017 (Hanover): Student was taken out to lunch @ Fridays by Grandparents. The student had a fantastic pasta meal!
September 14th, 2017 Text: Nana (Bridgewater) to Granddaughter: “Hi I just received your letter, what a beautiful letter from a beautiful granddaughter. So precious and loving! Your letter I will always treasure, but I treasure you more. You light the world with your smile. You are truly a gift, I love you so much from Nan!
September 14th, 2017 Text (Braintree 30 minutes) Nana to Granddaughter: S. I just finished crying, your letter to me and Papa was so beautiful!! Thank you so much!!! I still have A’s when she wrote to us too. We were very touched!!
September 15th, 2017 Text (Trumbull, CT, 30 minutes) Pop-Pop to Grandson: A, I got your letter and loved it. I will be writing a letter to someone too. Love you and can’t wait to see you soon.
September 15th: Email to Teacher: I want to commend you on the project you set out for your students. My grandson, P.M. wrote a LONG letter to me (and I know that was hard) which I now cherish and enjoy reading again and again. Keep up your good work. The students will remember your work long after they leave school, and all the recipients are grateful to get such positive boosts!
September 16th: Email to Teacher: This letter brought happy tears to our eyes and big smiles on our faces. What a great activity and what a special grandson our A is. Thank you Mr. Molloy, we will “Write It Forward”‘ Grandparents
September 17th: Student feedback: Visit from Grammy (Osterville) who said “I loved it and am going to frame it.”
September 18th: Email to Teacher: I just received a letter from my grandson and I was so happy to get such a great letter from my favorite grandson. He loves your school and talks all the time about how much fun he and his friends have living and learning in Hanover.
Looking forward to seeing if it gets back to. you.
A grandfather Quincy MA.
September 18th: Email to Teacher: Just a quick note to say thank you so much for your write it forward project. M is the youngest of my six grandchildren and other than thank you notes this is the first letter I have ever received! What a joy it was to receive! Please know I have forwarded a letter to someone who is very special to me and also sent a return letter to my grandson. In this age of texting and e-mailing I hope this project will generate many hand written letters. Again thank you so much for this special project and I’m very thankful that M has such an amazing teacher.
September 18th: Student Feedback “I loved it!” Papa Geno (Milton)
Email to Teacher: Mr. Molloy My name is B.C. and I just received the most wonderful letter from my granddaughter, D. through your project. I was surprised and pleased with the memories that she mentioned and must say it certainly brought a smile to my lips! I am pleased to send a letter on to continue this project forward. In this day and age of electronics a lot of good communication gets lost.
Sent from my iPad (Grandma’s using technology)
Plenty of Texts acknowledging letters (we did not list all)
September 22nd: Email to teacher from 2nd letter:
I received a letter from my longtime friend, Steve C. on behalf of John O. Steve is like a brother to me as we served in the Navy together. I was surprised and grateful to get this letter and have forward on. Thanks for supporting this as it is always nice to hear from friends.
September 22nd: Email to teacher: Good morning, this is M.’s grandmother “Beans”.. Just received a letter from him, and encouraged me to send a letter of appreciation to someone special, this letter brought tears and enjoyment, and certainly brightened up my day…
I am writing to you in answer to your Write It Forward Project. I am A’s Nene. I got a kick out of A’s letter. It is nice to see her memories. I knew she loved having been able to pet the chipmunks at my Cape home. I am giving her a picture of one of my buddies to show you. (WOW: This will be great!) He would come when I called him and jump into the cup when I told him to and turned around when I told him and let me rub his back while he ate and would go back in fourth to his whole. In all there were four chipmunks and all the kids got a kick of having them eat out of there hands. One in particular would put a little hop into his retreat and the kids would go dump tee dump. A asked me if I was going to bring my chipmunk with me when I moved off Cape and I told her I couldn’t because his family would miss him. I always had large white clam shells for them to paint with water colors.
When I retired I sold my house in Stoughton and my cottage in Dennisport and bought a home in Dennis on the North side of the Cape where most year round residents live so I had a lot of furniture to fix up the lower level of my new home for the kids. One rooms with carpet I fixed up as a den and the kids and the other one I put a bunk bed and two single beds plus a bed the former owners left for me which was a hospital bed. The kids would fight over bunk beds and the hospital bed. Another room I fixed up with a kitchen table from the cottage so the kids could pain the shells or play with play dough if it was rainy out. Another room I fixed up as a dance hall with posters of their favorite singers. They would go down there and blast the radio and dance up a storm. They never went into that room alone because there was a door at the end that went up to my garage. They would sat there were ghosts in there. I loved having the kids come down and always looked for sand dollars and big white shells to paint. Easter was fun because all four families came down for dinner and a Easter egg hunt. I would put one or two quarters in each egg and watch the kids go nuts, after dinner, to get the most eggs. We still have an Easter egg hunt at whoever hosts Easter, but now its $1, $5, $10 and one $20. My girls and I all contribute money. Please keep this program going forward, it is a treat to see there memories.