This high school teacher in Ontario sent handwritten letters to each of his 80 students. Here’s why


A high school teacher in Ontario wanted her students to know that someone loved them during this challenging start to the year, so this month she sent a handwritten letter to each of them.

“I would like to have a smile on my face,” said Iman Al-Areibi, who teaches three classes at HB Beal Secondary School in London.

“When I wrote these, I could see the end product, and I could see how they’re going to feel when they receive that letter, when their name is on it.”

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

Many of Al-Areibi’s students have thanked her via email, she said.

“It made me feel like I was doing something that really made a difference for these students at a time when we are locked in and we are losing connections,” she said.

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

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

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

In part, the letter from her teacher reads: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for a fantastic year so far. Thank you for your hard work and contribution to our class and school community. Thank you for being you!”

Al-Areibi said the letters are aimed at offering students comfort as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect everyday life.

“I wanted them to feel that things were going to be OK,” said the teacher, who is excited that students will be back in the classroom on Monday after a late start to the 2022 session. due to Ontario’s pandemic rules.

Meredith says the letter from her teacher ‘showed how much she cares about us as students and our well-being’. (Posted by Meredith Lewkowitz)

“I know how hard it has been for them and losing those connections with friends,” she said. “We still feel a little nervous that schools are safe for everyone, but we trust the process and our school board and how hard they work.”

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

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





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