...make the stresses of the school year become a distant memory. A few years ago, I asked my Art 3 and 4 seniors to write/create a letter to me about their art experiences or whatever they wanted to tell me...good or bad. I enjoyed reading them so much that I have started doing this with all of my seniors and as well as the Art 2 students at the end of each semester, to have them reflect on what they have accomplished throughout the semester. The letters that I get from my students at the end of the year, really make me remember why I teach. If you are new to teaching, I would highly recommend that you think about doing this. I wish that I had started doing this years ago. Besides making a wonderful collection of memories, it could even be an end of the year project. The colorful ones in the photo had some illustrations with them and are hanging on my bulletin board. (The heart was painted by a student who didn't take art, but wanted to come in and paint something before he graduated.) I would recommend that they are small enough to fit into a 3 ring binder if you want to save them. Letter size is large enough for the student to write a short letter and add some illustrations so you can keep them organized in the binder by year.