CDC (Child Development Center) letters from directors are extremely valuable to me.
I am going to share with you a recent letter I received and show you how I dissect and create letter writing themes based upon these letters. To respect privacy, I have removed the identifying information of Lucky’s director.
8 Holistic Letter Themes
The first paragraph gives me lots of ideas for general themes to use in my letters to Lucky. This will significantly help Lucky’s development if my letters compliment his activities.
- Personal Development
- Spiritual Nurturing
- Skills Training
- Talent Discovery
Right off the bat, I have a focus for eight possible letters. Having a theme when writing is extremely helpful! Another option would be to use these as questions in letters such as:
What talents are you discovering that God has given you, and how can you use them to glorify Him?
What is your favorite and least favorite game or sport that you play at your center, and why?
If you notice, all of Lucky’s activities are modeled around Compassion’s four holistic components which you can read more about here.
The second and third paragraphs provide me with a letter theme to help connect with Lucky, and to encourage friendships. Obviously, the 11 year old girl and 16 year old boy mentioned in the letter would be wonderful influences on Lucky. I always encourage him to surround himself with positive influences and the importance friendships have on our lives.
In a letter, I would share with Lucky that (his director’s name) recently sent me a letter updating me on the activities at his center. Then, I would provide summaries of the two children mentioned so he knows who I am referring. I would then tell Lucky to please share these words with each of them.
From there, I would write a little snippet for each of the two children mentioned telling them how proud I am of what they are doing, etc. Specify their talent(s) and how blessed they are, and how I am praying for them.
This letter would serve a few purposes.
- This could create new friendships for Lucky.
- The two children mentioned in the letter might not receive letters from their sponsor so it gives them some encouragement.
Importance of Letter-writing and Education
The next three paragraphs reinstate the importance of letter writing that reassures us sponsors that our letters are making a difference. This information is more of a take-away for me.
- Write often
- Share my world
- Send prayer requests
I could use these paragraphs for a letter to Lucky highlighting letter writing along with education. I could ask him to tell me about how he receives my letters, what is letter day like at his center, etc.
From there, I would flip these paragraphs from the director and explain to Lucky how important his letters are to me, how I love to hear everything about his world, his likes and dislikes, and stress how his letters help me (using specifics). I would definitely express gratitude to Lucky for writing to me.
I could also reference the 21 year old young lady mentioned in the CDC letter, and use that story as an example to reinstate to Lucky the importance of education and making wise choices.
Why Not Write to the CDC Director?
The next paragraph that discusses the goals of the Child Development Center director could be a letter writing theme. I would write a letter to the director via Lucky. Using an online letter template, I would address and greet Lucky and then politely ask him to share this letter with his director which would be written to his director.
I would express gratitude to the director for their hard work and their passion for developing children. Address their goals for the program and offer encouragement. Include a Bible verse or inspirational quotes to motivate them further, and close the letter with a prayer for the director.
Sometimes teachers, child counselors, and directors are overlooked so why not let them know how much they mean to you and what a great job they are doing? They might be having a rough day, and your words could reassure them their actions are not going unnoticed. Also, I do not know how strong of a bond Lucky has with his director so this experience might strengthen their relationship.
The next sentence that stands alone as a paragraph is a take-away. COGNITIVE and SPIRITUAL aspects have the largest impact on the lives of children. This statement is not to be taken lightly. The director who wrote this works with so many children and sees the impact. They know what works and what does not. The director would not have made this stand-alone sentence if they did not feel it was of great importance. This is a reminder that I need to place a high emphasis on cognitive and spiritual topics in my letters to Lucky.
Share the Love
The final paragraph provided me with what I need to be praying for within the center Lucky attends. In a recent letter, I asked Lucky to pray for these 33 children that are awaiting sponsors and if any of them were his friends to please tell them I am praying for them, and I know God will match them with a sponsor – keep praying and be patient, everything works on God’s timing, not our timing.
Besides the 33 un-sponsored children, I wondered how many of the 240 receive letters from their sponsors. This paragraph really inspired me!
I sent Lucky three packs of these stickers and told him in the letter to gather a few of his closest friends to assist him on a mission I had for him. I asked him to give every child in the center a “Jesus Loves Me” sticker and remind them of His love for them.
My mission served three purposes.
- Reminding all of the children how much Jesus loves them
- Brightening the day for those children who do not receive sponsor communications
- Teaching Lucky the joy of giving (In this letter I included a Bible verse and quote about the importance of giving.)
In conclusion, this single letter from the Child Development Center provided me with:
8 general letter writing themes
4 specific letters
Totaling 12 new letter ideas for me to write about!!!
If you recently received CDC communications, I encourage you to dissect the letter. If not, feel free to use my 12 ideas in your letter writing. You could summarize the letters that mention specific children and use their stories to inspire your child! Instead of the specifics from the director, just write a letter to your child’s director via your child expressing your gratitude for them.
Keep Making a Difference.