I facilitate for a student book club. There are 2 groups one K-2, one 3rd-5th. We're given a list of 30+ books for each division from our district's library headquarters; we read the books, discuss them in weekly meetings, make/practice questions for a competition against other schools and we also do one on campus with all the participants. We get t-shirts printed and everything. The kids who sign up for this really put a lot of work into it (most of them). They've met one day a week after school since the 2nd week of September not to mention-- read a lot of books, basically just for fun. So I wanted to have a little celebration for them. I bought the fixings for mini-pizzas, chips, juice. I made each one of them a gift bag (my students decorated them). Spent time on Amazon/in Barnes and Nobles/in my own library from Scholastic picking out books I really thought they'd like based on their tastes, reading level, a similar series to the ones we read-each book was different. Wrote a little note inside each book (I have a total of just over 50 kids-more time-consuming than it sounds). And also added some trinkets from Oriental Trading which were really cheap-bookworm erasers, bookmarks, pencils with the club and year printed on them. Anyway, long story short we had our celebrations this week. Not only did NONE of them even say "thank you" but some of them were even complaining about the book they got and can they get another one! I felt like I just shelled out all this time and money and was just really surprised by the lack of gratitude. I guess maybe I was just taught differently-my mother would actually make us write thank-you notes for everything which to this day, even with e-mail I still do. Really just venting here. None of them are actually in my classroom, so I can't even use it for a lesson or anything and I really hate to be complaining again-but the lack of any kind of gratitude really offended me.