This Fifth-Grader's Letter Shows How Teachers Are So Much More Than Educators To Students

"I tried so hard not to tear up."

When teacher Mr. J walked into his classroom recently, he had a surprise letter waiting for him. The touching note was from one of his fifth grade students, Markus, and it shows that the impact teachers have on students can extend far beyond their academic lessons.

The letter reads:


"To Mr. J, Thank you for being an awesome teacher and for being amazing! This school year was so fun and I enjoyed it because of you. I wish more teachers was [sic] like you. I will never forget you. I look at you like my dad. I never met my real dad, but it's OK because you treat me like I'm your son. You make me so happy. Always feeding me when I am hungry and hug me when I am sad [sic]. I will never forget you Mr. J. I love you and I will never forget about you! Love Markus" 

Mr. J shared the letter under the Twitter handle @mainey_maine and it has quickly gone viral. Since the tweet was posted on April 24, it has received an impressive 137,000 retweets and 437,000 likes. Many people are saluting Mr. J for being a great role model and writing about how touched they were by Markus's letter. HuffPost reported that others are even offering to donate school supplies and money to Mr. J. 

Mr. J, who did not give his full name or the school he teachers at on Twitter, followed up his original tweet to thank everyone for all of their support.

Fox 2 Detroit reports Mr. J is also continuing to decline any monetary donations for supplies because the situation is not about the money for him.

Besides Mr. J, there are other teachers who have demonstrated how the impact they have on their students is about more than textbook lessons. There are many teachers who have snack cupboards so kids who may not get food at home are able to learn without having to worry about being hungry. And there are teachers who raise money to help underprivileged students experience life-changing opportunities. No matter what they do, the teachers show their job is about helping kids in many different forms.

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(H/T: Popsugar)

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