A Thank You Letter from the Boston Police Department

I absolutely love receiving REAL mail. Mail that’s not advertising anything or informing me of my financial accounts. So, I got a little spark of excitement when I spotted a handwritten envelope in my mailbox at school. When I finally opened the envelope, it was something I never expected to see: a card from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and an official Boston Police badge.

The card contained a thank you note for the written community support that the BPD received following the bombings at the Boston Marathon and the events that followed. It is intended for my ESL students from the 2012-2013 School Year, whose publication Being Bostonian: How We Make Boston Strong was written for and mailed to the Boston Police shortly after April vacation last spring.

My husband kindly and beautifully framed the card, letter, and badge, and I will present it to my students tomorrow. I am so proud of them, and I know they will be excited that their publication was recognized.

Boston Strong Card

Boston Strong Card

BPD Letter

Letter from Police Commissioner Ed Davis

BPD Badge

Boston Police Official Badge

Three Part Frame

Being Bostonian: How We Make Boston Strong

Dear Readers:

 I am very pleased to share my students’ latest e-book publication with all of you. It is titled “Being Bostonian: How We Make Boston Strong”, and it is a collection of essays which share how our students, their families, communities, and our school contribute to the City of Boston’s strength. My students have worked diligently to create this publication for Mayor Menino and the Boston Police Department as a humble thank you for all of their courage during all of the recent events.
In a time of great uncertainty, this collection of essays serves as a powerful reminder of why I teach. The students’ writing is expressive and sophisticated, capturing their identities and their dreams for the future. I cannot believe that I am so privileged to work with this group of young people.
Thank you, Jennifer Dines
Being Bostonian (download)