She thought about all they had learned, all they had done together, all the memories they had shared.
Then she took out a (washable!) magic marker, and wrote each of them a special note on their desks.
When they walked into her classroom that last day, they each excitedly sat down at their desks, and read her words to them.
"You have really worked hard this year, keep working on your reading."
"I loved having you in my room."
"You are an amazing kid with a great personality."
"I'm going to miss all your fun stories about you and your baby brother."
"You have taught ME so much this year."
"I am really going to miss you this Summer."
Each message personally written to each student. Each student leaving this year knowing he or she is loved by their teacher.
Mrs. Flowers says she decided to write these messages because she wanted to leave a lasting impression with them on this last day of school.
"I decided I would leave them a personal note so they would know that I truly listened to them as they shared their interests with me and their classmates throughout the year," says Flowers. "Writing the notes was also very relevant because we had learned to write and respond to letters throughout the year with different books we read like "The Day the Crayons Quit" and more."
"They really enjoyed reading their notes and their peers' as they walked around reading each and every one of them," says Mrs. Flowers. "They later erased them, and wrote a note back to me. Even on the last day of Second grade, I got my students to read and write one final time while continuing to build relationships."