This Ontario high school teacher sent handwritten letters to each of her 80 students. Here’s why | Radio-Canada News


An Ontario high school teacher wanted her students to know someone cared about them during this tough start to the year, so this month she sent a handwritten letter to each of them .

“I wanted to put a smile on their face,” said Iman Al-Areibi, who teaches three classes at HB Beal Secondary School in London.

“As I was writing this I could see the final product and I could see how they were going to feel once they got this letter when their name was on it.”

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Al-Areibi sent 60 last week and another 20 this week.

Many Al-Areibi students thanked her via email, she said.

“It made me feel like I did something that really made a difference for these students at a time when we’re locked down and losing connections,” she said.

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Al-Areibi sent personalized letters, including this one to Meredith Lewkowitz, to 80 students in January. (Submitted by Shawna Lewkowitz)

Meredith Lewkowitz, one of the students who received a personalized note, expressed her appreciation for the kindness of the teacher.

“The card meant a lot because it showed how much she cared about us as students and our well-being,” Meredith said.

In part, her teacher’s letter reads, “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for an amazing year so far. Thank you for your hard work and contributions to our class and the school community. Thank you to be you!”

Al-Areibi said the letters aim to provide students with comfort as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact daily life.

“I wanted them to feel like everything was going to be fine,” said the teacher, who is delighted that students will be back in class on Monday after a late start to the 2022 term due to the pandemic rules of the school. ‘Ontario.

Meredith says her teacher’s letter “shows how much she cares about us as students and our well-being.” (Submitted by Meredith Lewkowitz)

“I know how hard it was for them and losing those connections with friends,” she said. “We still feel a little nervous about schools being safe for everyone, but we have faith in the process and our school board and how hard they work.”

Monday will be an easy day, with lots of talk, Al-Areibi said.

“I’ve planned a lot of activities just to get those relationship building skills back.”


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