BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Jim Nelson has nine children and has seen it all.
But as his son, Jack, was getting ready to graduate from Vestavia Hills High School, he came across something he hadn’t seen.
“I was walking through the kitchen and this letter was open so I picked it up and I started reading it,” Jim said.
It was a note from the principal of Jack’s elementary school, Vestavia Hills Elementary East.
“I was surprised. I knew I was going to be getting letters from people, but I expected to get it from my grandmother, my aunt and my uncle and my other grandparents,” Jack said.
Dr. Mark Richardson has sent hundreds of personal letters to former Vestavia Hills Elementary School East students, part a tradition that spans over the course of 25 years at the school.
“I usually remind them of a few things that we did that were fun here,” Richardson stated. “Some happy memories to sort of stir that up, and then I remind them of that most important lesson, the Golden Rule, and how that not applied then, but applies now as they go to the workforce or go to college.”
Richardson’s letters send a valuable message to his former students, and evoke memories and lessons learned at such a young, impressionable age.
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