A Washington state third-grade teacher, Rachel Uretsky-Pratt, recently shared on Facebook a heartwarming holiday gift she received from a student at Amistad Elementary in Kennewick.
In a season filled with chocolates and handwritten notes from her students, what stood out the most to her was a plastic bag filled with Lucky Charms marshmallows—the cherished part of the cereal for many children.
Uretsky-Pratt highlighted the unique circumstances of her school, where 100% of the students are on free/reduced lunch, receiving free breakfast every school day.
The touching part of the story was that the student who gifted her the marshmallows had a strong desire to give something, even though she had nothing to offer. The student ingeniously repurposed her free breakfast cereal, meticulously extracting each marshmallow and placing them in a bag as a thoughtful present.
The teacher’s Facebook post has garnered widespread attention, being shared nearly a hundred thousand times. Commenters expressed deep emotions, with one noting the beauty of the gift in understanding the significance of marshmallows for children. Another remarked that the story encapsulated the true meaning of Christmas.
Uretsky-Pratt concluded her post with a reminder to be grateful for what one has and to appreciate the heartfelt gifts others share, emphasizing that such gestures come from the deepest parts of their hearts.