Neat thank yous for recommendors?

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  1. tri_mom

    tri_mom Member

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    I was wondering if anyone had any neat ideas of how to thank the teachers, coaches, and others who wrote letters of recommendation which helped DS get into USNA. I know that sometimes kids forget to tell these people where they got accepted for college and much less thank them. Perhaps you have some Navy themed ideas you can share? Or anything unique?
     
  2. SeanGoldenPig

    SeanGoldenPig New Member

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    I personally purchased some Navy themed thank you cards and just wrote personal message to people who helped me in the process of admission. Congressman(and his staffs), my coach, school counselor, Blue and Gold Officer, people who wrote letters of recommendation, and such.
     
  3. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    I would have to agree. I know that teachers and coaches feel an immense amount of joy when they see their student succeed in whatever area it might be. Sometimes writing a personal note/thank you card means a whole lot more than getting them a tangible gift -- although, both couldn't hurt.
     
  4. 2018midmom

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    Agree. DS' teachers were "honored" to recommend him to USNA. There was a general feeling of being involved in a process that's more substantial than the average college rec. He brought them on board the bandwagon so to speak and they are all so happy he was appointed. They felt deep pride and involvement in the process. Thank them, send notes after Plebe summer and visit them on leave.
     
  5. osdad

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    DD went back to her HS on Thanksgiving break - IN UNIFORM - and thanked them in person.

    Might not work out for your plebe (because of schedule) but it sure made an impression.
     
  6. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    Meaningful gifts...

    You'll spend a great deal of time in the mid store when you visit. It's a great place to lighten your wallet or purse. LOTS of great Navy stuff. How about a Navy baseball cap for the men and a T-shirt for the women? I Day is a great time to shop since you'll drop off the mid and may wait around a bit to see if you can catch a glimpse.
     
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    My recommenders (specifically my counselor) were absolutely tickled by hand-written thank you cards
     
  8. 1964BGO

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    You might also consider adding a photo of you in your whites taken during Parents Weekend.
     
  9. AcademyFriend1

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    What a nice thread! I'm a high school teacher who has written many recommendations to the SAs and nominating sources. It's a stereotype, but the girls are better than the boys at remembering to say "hey thanks, I got in!" So just telling the recommender the outcome gets you points.

    I agree with everyone who said a handwritten card. The idea of a photo from I-Day or Parents' Weekend is also a great idea.
     
  10. mista

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    Nice to hear from a teacher!

    Honestly, I see the boy/girl thing first hand, not just thanks for teacher recs, but thank yous in general. My daughters are much better about it than my son. So, I was just hoping to prevail upon my son to at least send email thank yous when the teachers had written his letters of recommendation.

    He told me no, I think a hand written note would be better, and he did just that, and with all the different MOC requirements, it was a fair number of people. I have to say it was a proud moment for me. Something I said along the way sunk in! Yahoo!

    He told me later that a couple of the teachers commented on how much they appreciated that. Then, once he got the BFE, he sought them out at school to give them the news and thank them again.
     
  11. goldtrim3

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    I dabble in desktop publishing so I created a personalized card with a photo of my son (and the USNA logo in the background). He told me the words to put on the card. I agree that a handwritten note is best, but my DS handwriting is so bad that the teachers would still be trying to figure out what he was trying to say -- so for us, we typed it out and DS signed. The teachers were so appreciative....we even recognized the registrar and the Coach that did his CFE.
     
  12. mista

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    Sounds like a nice idea. My son may have written his notes, but I can't guarantee that anyone who received one could read it! I tease him that his handwriting hasn't changed much since about third grade.
     

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