Every year I have the 8th graders write a letter to one of their former teachers for Teacher Appreciation week. We've been working on these recently, and I was proofreading the rough drafts last night. I was so touched by many of the things the students wrote, but one letter in particular brought me to tears. A boy who has struggled academically throughout the years and has had some behavior issues off and on wrote a very heartfelt letter to his fifth grade teacher. He thanked the teacher for taking the time to ask how he was when they saw each other in the hallway even when he wasn't in this teacher's class any longer. He also thanked him for planning activities that were interesting to the students because it made school more fun. He closed the letter by saying I hope you won't forget me because I know I won't forget you and all you have done for me. I am so happy that this student made such a good connection with this teacher, and I am glad that this teacher will get to know what an impact he had on the student.