Brittni Darras is an English teacher at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but it's obvious that teaching isn't just a job for her.
After she found out one of her students had attempted suicide, she decided to turn her grief into action.
In a Facebook post that has since gone viral worldwide, Darras describes the moment she sat across from her student's mother, with tears running down her face.
"Feeling helpless, I asked if I could write my student a letter to be delivered to her at the hospital; she said her daughter would love that. My student got the letter; her mom said that her daughter cried, turned to her mom and said, 'How could somebody say such nice things about me? I didn't think anybody would miss me if I was gone.' It made me realize that I was way too close to losing another student to suicide."
In an interview with TODAY, Darras said that the student's attempt "made me realize she felt like she was not important and didn't make a difference in this world... For these other kids, it's very hard for us to know who is struggling with thoughts of depression or suicide. If she had that response and I couldn't see her as having struggles, the only thing I could think to do was to write every single one of them a unique card."
Darras spent the next two months writing personal letters to all 130 of her students reminding them of their importance.
In a recent Facebook post, Darras affirmed her belief in the power of kindness.
We need more people like Darras in education, especially today, as kids face greater and greater pressures.