There Are Many Definitions of Thank You
The November, 2015, issue of the Rotary Magazine] addressed gratitude when talking about students who sent notes to thank Rotary Clubs for their outreach. Many Rotary clubs provide dictionaries to elementary school students. This is a national Rotary program, as is one that distributes new sneakers for second and third graders to help motivate those students to become physically active and involved in the environment.
In each case, the thank you notes that the children mail to the clubs are significant and exciting and fun to read their heartfelt comments.
As a Rotarian, I was involved in the dictionary program for many years. While the club that I currently belong to supports a school in another way, I will always remember thethe 3rdgrade dictionary program; it was fund to watch each child receive a dictionary, followed several weeks later by a thank you note from the class expressing how much they enjoy their new literary tools!
During another Rotary efforts, I spoke to a junior high class about careers. Amazingly, these oft-labeled difficult age students pleasantly surprised us all: One month later, the Rotarian in charge of the program presented me with a big envelope of thank you notes. Each class member had written a formal note. To say I was amazed is an understatement! At the end of the day, I was probably more amazed than the class and gratified to know the value of the time spent on the project and that we made a small difference in the lives of these students. As the Nike slogan says, “Just Do IT.” Say thanks. Write that note. You will be amazed at the results that you’ll receive.