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Empathy for students, gratitude for Obama

Sixth-grader Nathan Morrice received a very special email last week from former President Barack Obama.

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Scot Allen

Sixth-grader Nathan Morrice received a very special email last week from former President Barack Obama.

This came about after a classroom activity for the Harvard Graduate School of Education Research Schools International Empathy Study. He asked his teacher Marci Awaya if it was OK to write to the former president. The answer was an enthusiastic "yes," provided he did the research.

He sent the email after he researched the Obama family website, where you can choose to send a message to either Michelle or Barack. Nathan sent the message around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and received a reply on Friday at 10:08 a.m.

"I was surprised that he wrote back to me," Nathan said. "I felt good and excited. I really didn't expect him to even look at the email I sent him!"

Some of the students wrote to friends, teachers, and family.

"The reason I chose him is that I couldn't think of anyone more giving to say thank you. He came to my mind first because respect him and like what he did while president because he helped the United States with Obama Care."

During the weekly gratitude sessions, students hand wrote or emailed notes to express the quality of being thankful and to show appreciation for someone or something and to show or return such kindness. The students then shared the notes and reactions amongst themselves... and now, the world!

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