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Lesson: Essential Words: Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

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The Heart of New York

By Matthew Inoa

In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, a student describes how essential workers are the pulse of New York, fueling the city’s hope.

Level

Grade 12

Type

Narrative, Persuasive

Dear essential worker,

I would like to take this time to thank you for the sacrifices you have made during these difficult times. Without your contributions times like these would be unimaginably worse. From doctors to even grocery workers you are the heart of New York which keeps us pumping, giving us hope that things would get better. If you’re an essential worker and things are getting rough during these situations remember that superheroes also go through difficult times but at the end it just makes them stronger.

About the Author

I’m Matthew. I’m a Dominican kid from the Bronx. Baseball is my favorite sport, go Yankees! I hope that with my message people can feel inspired to keep on fighting.

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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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