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Letter project connects students with community businesses

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Mrs. Doyle's fourth grade class at Port Neches Elementary. (Courtesy Photo)


 

Letter project connects students with community businesses

By Mike Tobias

There's nothing like turning a lesson into a real-world project.

While finishing up units on proper comma usage and letter writing, Port Neches Elementary teacher Kaycee Doyle found a way for her fourth-grade class to participate in Kindness Month — and brush up on basic handwriting practice.

Each student chose their favorite restaurant and wrote them letters. Not wanting that to be the end of the lesson, Doyle then took to the street and delivered each one — a task she managed to finish before the frozen weather blew in across Southeast Texas.

"I felt it would be so much more personal delivering (the letters) rather than mailing them," Doyle said. "Every single manager I handed a letter to was so appreciative and excited to receive them. They thought it was so special."

What followed was an outpouring of responses on social media as the businesses began posting pictures of the letters along with messages of appreciation to the students for the gesture.

Students received responses from businesses, such as The Neches River Wheelhouse, The Schooner, Tia Juanita's and Saltgrass Steakhouse. 

Many showed appreciation in their social media posts.

"This is one of the most special surprises we received in a loooong time," El Viejo Tony Bar & Grill posted with photos of the student letters. "Thanks for those Little kids, for taking the time and give us exactly what we need to keep moving forward, thanks for the teachers, for sharing this with us, we appreciate you guys, have a blessed day!"

Starbucks on Highway 365, too, shared a post regarding a letter received from Doyle's class.

"We have a future leader in 12 years," the post read. "Definitely made our day."

Another goal of the lesson for Doyle was for the students to practice letter writing.

"I feel like letter writing is such a lost art," Doyle said. "So I make sure and teach it every year."

In some cases, students received gift cards, T-shirts or other tokens of appreciation for their letters. Doyle said that show of appreciation was something she did not expect.

"I am so glad some of the restaurants have reached back out to the kids and sent letters in return because it’s something the kiddos will never forget," Doyle said. "Although we never expected anything in return, the restaurants taking time to send gift cards, hand-written letters and other goodies in return just goes to show you how good deeds are appreciated."


 PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTO: Kaycee Doyle

PHOTOS: Provided by Kaycee Doyle/Port Neches Elementary

 

Mike Tobias
miketobias@pngisd.org
(409) 729-7644 Ext. 148