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A teacher's gift and other inspiring acts

By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Posted - Jul 28th, 2014 @ 8:02am



SALT LAKE CITY — Every kid wants to feel special.

One first-grade teacher recognized that her students should leave with more than report cards at the end of the year and started a tradition of showing her love.

Every week, we feature stories like this — which you can read below — of people making others feel special and expressing their love for others.

Jan B.

On a teacher's love for students:

“A few years ago I got an idea that I just didn't want to send my first-grade students home at the end of the school year with just their report cards, so I went to the dollar store and looked for some fun things to send them home with for the summer.

“This year I wrapped in bright red wrapping paper a bottle of bubbles in the shape of an ice cream cone, a party blower and a multi- colored round lollipop. I also wrote them a special note telling them a few good things I saw them accomplish throughout the school year along with a fun poem about the things we learned during the school year.

“Hopefully, this conveyed the message that their teacher loved them, would miss them and wanted them to have a fun summer.”

Rachelle W.

On celebrating with a stranger:

“About a month ago, 10 of my friends and I were out celebrating my bachelorette party. We headed over to City Creek and decided to eat at the Brio Tuscan Grille.

“Everything on the menu was a bit pricey, especially for us poor college students, but we decided to eat there anyway. You can only imagine our faces when we sat there for 15 minutes waiting for the dinner bill after our meal was over and our waiter comes in and tells us that each of our dinners had been paid for by an anonymous person (our bill was over $150).

“We were so happy it almost brought tears to our eyes. We begged the waiter to let us know who paid for our meal and he brought in this big 6-foot-tall guy dressed in a nice suit. We thanked him over a million times. I will never forget that random act of kindness. Thank you, thank you!”

Elias J.

On persistently serving:

“My wife and I were in Vegas last Saturday, hurrying through the continental breakfast at our hotel. We were trying to get to a friend’s wedding and were running late.

“A couple from Delaware saw our Sunday dress and asked where we were headed. We told them we were running late and had never been to the Las Vegas LDS Temple before, then proceeded to tell them about our air conditioning going out near St. George, and my wife being really hot from her pregnancy.

“The couple not only showed us how to get to the temple, but they also bought us a coolant charger (which helped them diagnose the real problem), gave us $60 in much-needed gas money and the key to their hotel room so we could crash later — if needed and without us asking.

“We set out not knowing how we'd pay for the trip, then someone stepped in and provided. They didn't just offer and leave it to us to find them again and twist their arm; they waited, persisted and made sure we were going to get the help we needed.”

Ciclelde N.

On a child seeing — and filling — a need:

“My husband is out of work and has some health problems and I do some cleaning. It is not much money, and when we have four children, things get complicated! We all wear hand-me-downs, so everything is very old.

“A couple weeks ago, I was feeling very sorry because we cannot afford to eat out, so I told my kids that we could eat at Sam’s Club, since their hot dogs with soda are very cheap.

“After we got out of Sam’s club, this little girl — 8 or 10 years old — came to us and said, ‘I would like to give you this.’

“It was $1.70. When I asked her why, she said because she felt we needed it! Yes, my kids were still hungry. That made my kids' day. Thank you, little girl!”

Have you seen any moments of service or kindness? Do you want to share a story about something that made your day? Email a brief story (100 words or fewer) along with any photos or video to crosenlof@ksl.com.

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