On Wednesday, Rachel Uretsky-Pratt shared the story of a simple gift she received from one of her students. It was the last day before winter break, and the child wanted to express their appreciation for all Uretsky-Pratt had done for them. While the present was just a bag of Lucky Charms marshmallows, the thought behind it meant so much more.
Uretsky-Pratt began her post by saying, “To help put your life into perspective: Today was the last day before our winter break. We will have two weeks off to rest with our families and loved ones over the holidays then head back to school in 2019.”
The teacher noted that many educators provide their students with small gifts, “such as books or little treats,” noting, “occasionally in return [teachers] receive something from their students.”
“Today I received some chocolates, sweet handmade notes, some jewelry, but these Lucky Charm marshmallows stood out to me the most,” wrote Uretsky-Pratt.
“You see, 100% of my school is on free/reduced lunch. They also get free breakfast at school every day of the school week.”
“This kiddo wanted to get my something so badly, but had nothing to give,” the teacher continued.
“So rather than give me nothing, this student opened up her free breakfast cereal this morning, took the packaging of her spork, straw, and napkin, and finally took the time to take every marshmallow out of her cereal to put in a bag—for me.”
Uretsky-Pratt closed her message with a simple thought, writing, “Be grateful for what you have, and what others give you. It all truly comes from the deepest parts of their hearts. Happy Holidays.”
In the post, she shared an image of the bag filled with marshmallows.
The post has since gathered over 229,000 reactions and has been shared over 81,000 times.
In the more than 14,000 comments, many Facebook users expressed how moved they were by the story.
“Wow,” one commenter began, “this just touched my heart.” Another stated, “So very precious.”