Third-grade teacher Rachel Uretsky-Pratt received a gift on the last day of school before Christmas break from one of her students who initially had “nothing to give.” It stood out to her so much that Rachel decided to share the story on Facebook to encourage others to keep life in perspective.
Rachel from Washington said that on the last day of school it is common for teachers to bring their students some small gifts, such as books or little treats. She also said teachers occasionally in return receive presents from their students.
“Today I received some chocolates, sweet handmade notes, some jewelry, but these Lucky Charm marshmallows stood out to me the most,” Rachel wrote in a Facebook post.
Since this student wanted to give her favorite teacher a gift but could not afford to buy a present, she picked out the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms cereal she eats as a part of their free breakfast at the school.
“You see, 100 percent 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 me something so badly, but had nothing to give,” said Rachel.
“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,” she added.
Ending her post by asking people to be grateful, Rachel said: “Be grateful for what you have, and what others give you. It all truly comes from the deepest parts of their hearts.”
The touching story went viral with over 120,000 shares and over 370,000 likes since Dec. 19, 2018.
Comments flooded in praising Rachel’s student and her adorable gesture.
“I’m just now seeing this post. It has left me in tears…. we don’t see this kind of thoughtfulness anymore. That has to be the most touching gift of Christmas. God continues to bless this teacher and the parents of this child. They have taught her the true meaning of giving….,” one person said.
“Marvelous beautiful brought down face heartfelt gesture,” another said.
One comment said: “I have a gift given by a student made of a used sock stuffed with paper and a box that he cut into a sleigh! Most important decoration on my tree every year! Given straight from his heart. You should have seen the pride in his eyes giving it to me! I felt like the most blessed person on earth.”