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Lesson: Essential Words: Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

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Strength, Bravery, Selflessness, and Dedication

By Sammie

In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, a freshman at South High School in Minneapolis thanks care workers for supporting our local and national communities during this global pandemic.

Level

Grade 9

Type

Narrative, Persuasive

Dear care worker,

Thank you so much for your service. I think it takes a lot of strength, bravery, selflessness, and dedication to be able to do the job you do, especially during these scary and difficult times, so I’d like to thank you for being the person who steps up to the job and helps support not just themselves, but the entire community. Although I don’t know you, I want you to know that I appreciate the work you’re doing, taking care of young people like me. Who knows what the world, our country, or our city would be like if we didn’t have care workers to support us!

Thanks again,

Sammie, a freshman at South High School in Minneapolis

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Few expressions of gratitude are more meaningful than a personalized letter. In this lesson, students reach out to essential workers and return their acts of service and kindness by giving thanks.

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