12th grade poet Stephanie Gomez made about 150 postcards printed with "Hidden Beat," a poem she wrote. The poem is about how art and music contribute to our general well-being, and have a social and emotional effect on people. She also thinks it reflects the nature of the service that teachers give. "Society often overlooks the strengths and passion they have to teach us," she says, and so she wanted to give a poetry postcard to faculty and staff at Kettle Run High School in Fauquier County, Nokesville, VA because she knows how much they give of themselves every day, and she waned to let them know that "they have been seen."
Stephanie continues, "Teachers often deal with the lack of appreciation and acknowledgment of how much they do for the community. They do so much for us and not a lot of people realize that. I think that the Music and Art department, teachers who do Core classes, Counseling, and the Econ[omics] and Personal Finance department will benefit from this kind of initiative because they help us with our passions and our future goals. They also are there for us when we need them the most. The teachers in those departments don't get enough recognition for what they do for us as students."
She completed her project at the end of February, and has received "extremely positive" responses.
Many postcard recipients put them up on their classroom walls, and also took them home. She has received emails of appreciation from her high school community.