I am blessed to have a student whose family lives and works at Camp ASCCA on our beautiful Lake Martin. The mother of this student sent me a link about a young man with Down Syndrome who loves to get mail. In fact, getting mail is the highlight of his day.
I shared his story with all of my classes today. I choked back tears every single time. We discussed some issues associated with Down Syndrome and the fact that we have students with Down Syndrome in our own school. I gave my class a mission. The mission was to fill up this young man’s mailbox with letters. They were ready!
These 5th graders were truly touched by this story. Students wrote things like:
“Your story inspired me!”
“Your story touched my heart!”
“I hope this letter brightens your day!”
“We are different in ways, but we are a lot alike. I like music and video games just like you.”
They get it! Sometimes it is hard for adults to see how this small act of kindness could actually be a BIG deal. I promise, it is a BIG deal to the young man who will receive these letters. It is a BIG deal for these 5th graders who learned that sometimes we give away simple acts of kindness. . .just because we can.