Mary Beth Writes

10/13/2021

 Thank You!

I sent our collated list of “Ways to Help My Community” to the Third Graders this morning.  Laura has already shared it with them; I just received this from one kid. This was really cool and helpful thank you for coming back to me so quickly well you always respond quickly like all the time and also I like hiring (hearing) from you always make me smile from writing to pictures I love them all.”

But also, a little boy wrote this: Hello your the Best have a great day can you Please do a fun fact about puppies  Pleaseeeeeee have a great day”

So for those of you who are having some fun with this, let’s do this. I can collate a letter to the kids this weekend about our dogs.

This is what you need to do if you are interested.

Email to my address because photos from you don’t work on the comment section. My address is: MB@MaryBethDanielson dot com.

Send me one or two photos of your current or former dog or dogs. 

Say their name or names.

Write one or two funny or wonderful things about your pups.  Just a sentence or two is enough. You can tell by their writing level that most of them are not yet great readers or writers. We help them along by sharing simple things they really want to read.

If this ends up adorable, I’ll post it here, too.

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Well shucks. Could you pretend Owen and Emma are puppies?
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I suspect there will be a Cats edition soon...

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