Ask your students to create notes of appreciation for members of their class and school community. You might ask each student to write three notes: one for a classmate, one for a teacher, and one for a staff member. This is a chance for students to thank mentors and members of their school community who may have helped them over the last year.
Assign each student one of their classmates, and ask them to write that person a note that expresses something they appreciate about them, a positive contribution they made to class, a time they helped the writer, etc.
Ask students to choose a teacher to thank in writing, maybe for reaching out to them during a difficult time or helping them learn something important about themself or their world.
Send your students a list of staff members and ask them to choose someone who is a mentor to them or who helps the school function. Remember to consider coaches, nurses, counselors, maintenance and custodial staff, cafeteria staff, librarians, the registrar, and security team. It can be meaningful for staff to have their work recognized by students.
Finally, either ask students to give you their notes to distribute or provide them with school email addresses for the recipients so that they can send their notes directly.