A Thank You NoteGoing Beyond Simple, Preprinted Cards by Mr. Masenhimer Mountain View Middle School
Purpose of a “Thank You Note” giving back to someone what you have been given letting someone know what they have done for you and how much it’s appreciated acknowledgment
Parts Date: goes in the top right hand corner (use the right alignment icon at the top of your word processor)
Parts Cont. Salutation: the greeting of a note. Since this is a Thank You Note and informal, use a comma after the salutation (please write to Eva, Les, or both). Now skip a line after the date, select left alignment and enter salutation.
Parts Cont. Body: the writing of your note. Your first line must be: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your experiences with me and my peers.” Offer 1-2 insights you had about the Holocaust before the visit. Give 2-3 pieces of the talk you either enjoyed, were fascinated by, will remember forever, connections you made to their experiences and our studies, or things that touched you personally.
Parts: Body Cont. Be very specific to their talk The last line must be: “Thank you again for your time, energy, and devotion to making the world aware, one student at a time, of the Holocaust and the ongoing genocides that are still occurring.”
Parts Cont. Closing: after the body and before the signature followed by a comma (Yours truly, Sincerely, Much thanks, Come again, Thank you, etc.) Still use the left alignment
Parts Cont. Signature: leave four lines between your closing and your name to actually sign the note with a black or blue pen.
Example March 8, 2012 Dear Les and Eva, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your experiences with me and my peers. Like you, I made an unconscious promise to myself, and the people that lost their lives during the Holocaust, that if I ever became an educator I would spread the knowledge of the horrors that occurred and the ways to prevent a duplication of such events. I made that promise when I was 12 years old sitting at my homework desk reading the book Night cover to cover. I have continued my studies of the Holocaust throughout the years, and now your personal testimonies have been added to my repertoire of wisdom. Les, there were many things that you said that will forever stick with me. The first line you opened your talk with was extremely powerful, “I owe my life and freedom to all of those that served in World War II: My liberators.” To think that you began your powerful testimony with thanking veterans was something I will never forget. Eva, the way you used such amazing details to remember your mother was very touching and I feel like you carry her in your heart into each and every presentation that you give. Thank you again for your time, energy, and devotion to making the world aware, one student at a time, of the Holocaust and the ongoing genocide that is still occurring. Take care, David Masenhimer