Spoiler alert: This post contains a hearty helping of joy.
When someone donates $50 or more to a classroom project on DonorsChoose.org, they get the chance to receive handwritten thank-you notes from the students they helped. Many donors then hop online and use the #sharethanks hashtag to spread the love.
All told, donors have funded 195,587 classroom projects this year — and students sent 1,307,548 of these special notes in return. We’ve collected just a few of our favorites, one for each month, as shared by the recipients. Here’s the most thankful year-in-review you’ll read in 2017!
To “kickoff” the year just right, we defer to the pro football star.
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) January 19, 2017
Best office party ever.
— Karen Bucher (@IDrawPicsAllDay) February 22, 2017
New mittens. Warm hearts. Can’t lose.
— Gabriella Mirabelli (@g_mirabelli) March 16, 2017
Mackenzie brings it home.
— Mackenzie Walton (@mackenziewalton) April 1, 2017
When you’re walking your pet dragon in 2037, you’ll know who’s responsible.
— Brad Ennis (@bradennis) May 30, 2017
Sometimes you just need a little boost. Cheers, Mallory!
— M. Woodrow-Kabot (@malloryloren) June 23, 2017
Gretchen, we’re proud to have you (and Dad) in our teachers’ corner!
— Gretchen Tibbits (@GretchenTibbits) July 8, 2017
Thank-you notes from kindergartners > almost everything else.
— Ben Forta (@benforta) August 14, 2017
We think it’s silly too, Gerson. (And, Rebecca, we hope you’re okay?)
— Rebecca (@toberbh) September 29, 2017
Classroom news — straight from the source.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) October 25, 2017
Class reads Wonder. Class shares wonderment. Mission accomplished.
— Kate Hannah (@kickerkate) November 19, 2017
When it comes to students and teachers, what more can we say? MariAnne tells it like it is.
It means a lot to support classrooms throughout the country that need specific help. The kids are great, and their teachers go above and beyond to make their class experience count! I appreciate being able to support them! @DonorsChoose #sharethanks pic.twitter.com/SxLuUxRWmG
— MariAnne Vanella (@VanellaGroup) December 4, 2017