Still Getting Cards From Students

As I go through my holiday cards today, my greatest joy is reading, touching, and re-reading the collection of cards from former students:

Amanda, age 16, now in California

Sophie, age 15, still in town

Mac, age 8, now in Vermont, (with an added note):

“We think of you often.  Mac is a reading machine- staying up way too late every night.  He recently re-read Charlotte’s Web, and I can’t help but think of you planting the seeds of the joy of stories and books.”

July, 2019

Colin, age 8, still in town

Emmett, age 7, in the next town over

There are also the many cards from current students, greetings and wishes via email and Messaging, and even a few FaceTimes.  That’s the ‘happy’ in Happy New Year.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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73 Responses to Still Getting Cards From Students

  1. Ritu says:

    How lovely 🥰

  2. Heart warming, Jenne.

  3. Jennifer Ann says:

    How sweet of your students to think of you this time of year. You must feel so appreciated!

  4. cindy knoke says:

    A testament to your positive impact in their lives. I wish you ✨ happiness in the new year!

  5. A Happy New Year also to you, Jennie! It’s fact, you are the everlasting pen pal. :-)) Be honored! Best wishes, Michael

  6. Darlene says:

    That is so wonderful! They don’t forget the person who planted the seed of reading.

  7. Lina Belle says:

    How wonderful! ☺️ Happy New Year. 🎊

  8. Some wonder what they have wasted their lives. You don’t.

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    How great is this? I especially appreciated hearing about the student who reread Charlotte’s Web. If I recall, that book is about a 5th-grade reading level. Mac is doing well.

    • Jennie says:

      It’s definitely great, on the highest level! Yes, the book is about a 5th grade reading level. Reading aloud is so different from reading. Mac had the pleasure of hearing me read aloud the book, then his dad when camping (dad told me Mac picked the book), and finally reading it on his own. When he’s older, I’ll ask him to tell me about the difference. Won’t that make a great story!

  10. jilldennison says:

    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful teacher!!! There is no better proof of a job well done, my friend. Hugs!

  11. beetleypete says:

    I still exchange Christmas cards with my English teacher from senior school. She is almost 96 now, and has been sending me cards since I left school at 17. The best teachers are never forgotten, and you never will be.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      How wonderful!! If you think it means a lot to you, I can guarantee it means tenfold more to your teacher. Thank you for your kind words, Pete.

  12. GP says:

    That says it all, Jennie!!

  13. Wonderful! Wishing you a joyful and healthy year!

  14. willowdot21 says:

    This testifies to what a good teacher you are 💜💜💜

  15. dgkaye says:

    Your gift of teaching and nurturing will continue to ripple through your life Jennie. Nobody will forget you. ❤

  16. Dan Antion says:

    This is wonderful to hear, Jennie. It must make you feel so good.

  17. How wonderful!! I hope they continue to send you cards as the years go by.
    Happy New Year, Jenne!

  18. Just a fabulous testament to your excellent teaching skills Jennie and the love that pours from your heart into your students..
    Sending LOVE and Blessings your way.. Have a Fantastic 2023 my friend ❤ ❤

  19. L. Marie says:

    I’m not surprised that you’re still hearing from former students. I kept in contact with the teachers who made the deepest impact on my life. You are that kind of teacher.

  20. How lovely! Happy New Year, Jennie.

  21. How wonderful, Jennie. A love of reading is a gift you gave that will last lifetimes. You clearly meant the world to these kids. ❤

  22. Jennie, I love it anytime I hear Christmas cards are still being exchanged. Technology has made the world a different place when it comes to them, but I still love opening the good ol’ mailbox and getting one!

  23. Mary Ann says:

    One of my favorite things is receiving Christmas cards! It’s nice when people keep us in their thoughts.

  24. godsgirllora says:

    I love this. I love teachers who leave a impact on the lives of their students💚

  25. toritto says:


    Best from Florida

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