Warmth, Care & Hunger projects can have a very different impact on your students than a regular materials project, but they still require the usual pieces of any thank-you package: 6 project photos, an impact letter, and student thank-yous. But because Warmth, Care & Hunger projects can be a bit more sensitive, we want to make sure you’ve got lots of tools available to help guide you through thank-you package process. Here are some tips to get you started:
Your 6 project photos
As usual, the best photos will be the ones that feature both your students and the materials you requested.
Look at all those snacks! Yum!
Taking cleaning supplies home - and with celebratory crowns, too!
What swanky glasses. Lookin’ great!
Check out those colorful shoes! And note that this picture doesn’t include the student’s face - that’s totally ok.
Sometimes, due to the nature of Warmth, Care & Hunger projects, you might be a bit wary of sharing any sort of identifying information about your students (or their parents might not be comfortable with the idea, either). If you’d like more ideas about how to craft awesome photos without featuring your students as prominently, click here.
Your impact letter
Warmth, Care & Hunger projects can be especially meaningful for your classroom, your students, and even your students’ families. The core guidelines for all impact letters - specificity, sincerity, and speaking personally - still apply, but here are three questions help you think about the lasting impact of your Warmth, Care & Hunger project, specifically:
- How has this project allowed your students to focus on learning?
“I truly don't know how to begin to express my gratitude for the donations to our classroom. Our students eat snacks 3 times a day. All of our students have healthy appetites. These snack items help diminish significant triggers that can interfere with the learning environment. We have relied solely on donations from parents and it is simply not enough. This donation will help our classroom sail through the end of the year with ease and help us remain focused on our academic progress.”
- How do the materials help bridge the gap between your students’ homes and your classroom? How do they impact the students’ families?
“Thank you so much for the Warmth, Care & Hunger items that that we received. Our entire school is thankful and appreciative of your great acts of kindness and generosity. Your donation has helped over 50 families thus far. Our school nurse and community outreach counselor has been meeting with families weekly and giving them the needed materials to keep their families safe, dry, healthy, and warm. The school nurse has been treating students for lice, and teaching their parents how to do the same. Many were unable to afford the needed products to execute the treatment, luckily your donation allowed them to have the materials needed to help their children stay healthy and reduce the number of absences for this issue.”
- What are you students doing now that they weren’t able to before?
“Through your donation my students have opportunities to build or modify their personal knowledge in all areas of learning. Feeling good about themselves has enhanced reading comprehension and vocabulary development by providing them comfort. Receiving life essentials has opened up a whole new world. They are wearing their jackets very proudly as they walk up and down the halls of the school. As we prepare for the Georgia Milestone Test, I had one of my students say: ‘We got this’.”
Your student thank-yous
For the most part, you can encourage your students to create thank-yous just like they would for any other project. Remember, the best thank-yous are ones in which the students specifically describe the materials they received.
A lovely drawing, and a note that mentions the materials; awesome!
Thank-yous don’t necessarily have to say “thank you” - even just a drawing of the donated materials in action (in this case, umbrellas!) goes a long way.
If you're concerned about having students write thank-yous for sensitive projects, we’re comfortable with you writing on their behalf.
If you have any questions, or want to brainstorm more options, please don’t hesitate to contact us!