SANTA ANNA – For students in Amanda Sheffield’s fourth-grade classroom at Santa Anna Elementary School, the excitement hasn’t diminished one bit after the class received a letter recently from President Donald Trump.
There were actually two letters in the large envelope from the White House – one addressed to the students, the other addressed to Sheffield, a Brownwood resident and former Brownwood High School softball coach.
Trump sent the letters because the students had written to him first. Twenty students sent handwritten letters to the president as part of a class assignment.
“I assigned the kids the task of writing the president,” Sheffield said. “I wanted them to focus on their writing skills and grammar. I wanted them to see how well they could write when they tried. I decided we would write the president notes of encouragement and suggestions, because this would challenge them to write their best.”
This past Tuesday, Sheffield checked her mail box at the school and saw the large envelope addressed to “Mrs. Sheffield’s Class” at Santa Anna Elementary School. The return address was simple: The White House, Washington, DC 20502. “Look what came back in the mail today,” Sheffield told her students.
In addition to the letters, the envelope contained an explanation of the president’s job, a copy of the Bill of Rights and a list of all of the U.S. presidents.
The students have received lots of media attention, including visits from two television news crews and the Bulletin. Hands went up as students waited to be called on to share their reactions.
Fourth-grader Jacob Redmon offered to read aloud the letter from the president.
“Dear students,” Jacob read. “Thank you for your letters and wonderful suggestions. Mrs. Trump and I are inspired by our nation’s young people who are trying to solve problems and find solutions to our most critical challenges. As your president, I want you to know that I am listening, and I will always work hard for you. Together we will guide the course of America and the world for many years to come and we will create a better and brighter future for you and your family. Thank you for taking the time to write me with your important thoughts. With best wishes ...”
Fourth-grader Brandon Craig said he told Trump in his letter “what I wanted to be when I grow up and what I did when I was a kid.”
That prompted several of Brandon’s classmates to good-naturedly remind him that he’s “still a kid.”