A group of kindergarten students at L.C. Kerr School received some very important mail this week — from President Barack Obama.
Students in LaDawn Boykin’s class were learning about presidents and Black History Month. As part of an assignment to write a letter to a friend, the students, with the assistance of Boykin and her teacher’s assistant Nikki Melvin, penned a letter to the president and his family.
Last week, unexpectedly, the students received a surprise package that contained a letter from the president and autographed pictures of the First Family.
“As teachers, we continually encourage our students to be positive as well as take leaps of faith,” Boykin said. “We took one as a class by writing a letter to Mr. Obama during his final term, not knowing if he would reply.”
And he did. The class received the letter from the president, along with pictures of the first lady, his children and himself.
According to Boykin, Melvin was instrumental in assisting the class with the assignment and both teachers were ecstatic about sharing the information with the students.
“When the package arrived, the children were excited and anxious to open it,” Boykin shared. “After weeks of asking when it was coming and finally being able to surprise them with it last week was amazing. There was a lot of squealing, screams, excited chatter, whispers, and questions before, during and after reading the letter.”
Boykin’s students were so excited about the response, they asked if they could write a second letter to the president.
“I really enjoyed being able to share autographed pictures of the First Family, Mr. Obama, information about The White House, as well as the president with them,” Boykin said. “It was truly an honor and very encouraging to receive the letter from Mr. Obama directly addressed to our class. It was definitely a reminder not to give up hope.”
Once the class received the package, Boykin said she placed the package on the book cart and allowed students a chance to look and make guesses about what was inside.
“Several of the students asked me questions as well as made guesses at what was it was,” Boykin said. “A few went up and read the address and markings, and as they realized what it was, they began to share with others.”
Boykin said she felt it is important for her and Melvin to share with the students information about the first African American president, as well as expand on their writing skills.
“After this experience, I would encourage others to try it at least once,” Boykin said. “It is worth the excitement as well as the further conversation it sparks among the children and teachers.”
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