Teacher Asks Students for Pencils—Then She Sees What One Boy’s Mom Wrote on ALL of His


From state testing to increasingly tough curriculums, it seems our kids are subject to more pressure than ever at school these days. But a little encouragement can go a long way, especially for a young, impressionable child.

And one creative mama has devised a brilliant way to boost her child’s motivation and self-worth throughout the day, all with just a few special pencils.

Texas teacher, Amanda Cox, discovered these hidden gems when she was running short on pencils one day and asked the kids to pull out any they had stashed in their desks.

When one student hesitated and wanted to keep the pencils from his mom, Amanda didn’t think a thing of it at first. The student still handed her a few to share with his classmates, and it was then that she noticed why these pencils were so precious to the boy.

They each carried a kind word of encouragement like, “You are so talented”, “Never give up”, and “Proud of you everyday.”

Inspired by the messages, the teacher asked if she could see the rest of the pencils, and what she found on them absolutely MELTED her.

Since Amanda has shared a picture of them on Facebook, her viral post has been shared and like over 340,000 times. When you read the notes for yourself, you’re sure to see why.

Check out Amanda’s viral Facebook post in full below:

“Today I was running low on pencils so I asked all of my kids to pull out any of my pencils that they had in their desks. I had one student ask me if he could keep his pencils that his mom gave him for school. Of course, I said yes. He then said, ‘well, I guess I’ll give you a few so my classmates can have them too.’ I thought nothing of it and took the pencils that he handed me. When I was sharpening them, I noticed writing on a few of them. I then realized that my student’s mother took the time to write on his pencils. I asked him if he would mind showing me the rest of them. What I read melted my heart:

– You are so talented.
– This will be a great year.
– You are creative.
– You are phenomenal.
– Never give up.
– You can do this.
– You are knowledgeable.
– You are a math whiz.
– You are intelligent.
– Proud of you everyday.
– I love you.
– You have a brilliant mind.
– You are wonderful.
– You are a problem solver.
– Follow your dreams.
– You are perfect.
– I am proud of you.
– You will change the world.
– You are amazing.
– You are the best.
– You are important.


This probably took his mom a few minutes to do yet it lit up his whole day at school. He wasn’t embarrassed that his mom wrote on his pencils. Thanks to his mom, he was reminded of his self worth and wanted to share the same feeling with his classmates. THESE are the things that we should be reminding our kids (both parents AND teachers). Imagine the look on a child’s face when they are reminded that they are important, talented, loved, knowledgeable and so much more. Help them know that someone believes in them and is proud of them in everything they do. Even if you think it is cheesy or you don’t have enough time or that you will have little impact, remember that you may be the only one telling and reminding them these things and EVERY kid needs to know their value. This is why I teach. ❤️”

If these inspiring pencil messages warmed your heart too, be sure to share them with your friends on Facebook. Hopefully, together we can transform our school environments into places that boost our children’s self-esteem and value with simple messages rather than crushing them with state test scores.

We can ALL use a little encouragement like this today!

Kelsey Straeter
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Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.