Elementary Teacher's Heartwarming Centerpieces at Wedding Were Made by Students
It’s often been said that teaching is a calling. Maybe more so by those who aren’t in that profession and appreciate the patience, perseverance, and compassion that a good teacher typically has. Many teachers take their job very personally, and for some, the children are an extension of their own family. Such is the case for Wilkins Elementary School Teacher Brandi Rickard (Hamdorf) from Iowa.
When the second-grade teacher announced her engagement to her class, her students were thrilled for her. Some even thought they were going to be able to attend her wedding, according to KCRG news.
Rickard apparently couldn’t bear the thought of not including her students in her wedding somehow.
So she came up with the idea of inviting each of them to either draw a picture of what they thought she and her hubby-to-be might look like on their wedding day, or write a short letter in which they could share their thoughts.
Then she had the pictures and the cute letters of encouragement made into centerpieces for the tables at her wedding reception.
She provided prompts such as, “How do you know if you’re in love?”
“When they talk to you a lot, and they say nice things, and they go places with you,” student Stella Fratzke wrote.
“One of my favorites was why do people get married, and it was because the lady wants expensive things,” Rickard said.
People reportedly loved the art, and some even referred to their table at the reception by the artwork rather than the table number.
A Facebook post about the big day from Lin-Mar Community schools also captures the beauty of the event.
As for adults who might like to share a meaningful wedding gift, there are some great materials out there that are a wonderful blessing to give.
Consider the book, The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman, purchasing tickets to A Weekend To Remember marriage retreat, or consider tickets to one of several marriage retreat options hosted by the Focus on the Family ministry.