Santa Anna 4th graders receive thank you letter from President Trump
SANTA ANNA, Texas —
Santa Anna, Texas is a town with a population of about 1,000 people that's also roughly 1,500 miles away from Washington D.C., but some students at the Santa Anna Elementary School have now caught the ear of the President of the United States.
On Tuesday morning, fourth grade teacher Amanda Sheffield looked inside her mailbox and saw an envelope from the White House.
When she opened it, she found a thank you letter from President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
"It was kind of unreal," Sheffield said.
President Trump addressed a letter to Sheffield's class thanking them for writing him encouraging messages.
Sheffield said that last October, she had each one of her students write letters to Trump as part of an assignment to improve their grammar and teach them how to write formally.
However, the fourth grade teacher said that she never expected President Trump to respond to the letters with some kids writing to him about hot-button issues like gun control and school safety.
"Really, more safety in schools and no guns and just things like that," fourth grader Nicholett Evans said in the letter that she wrote to the President.
Dayla Ray, another student in Sheffield's class, said that she wrote to the President about safety.
"Just make sure kids had their seat belts and make sure that you don't have guns and stuff because that's not safe for people to have," Ray said.
In the President's response, he told the class that he and his wife were inspired by their messages and his letter also included a copy of the Bill of Rights and his presidential duties.
"I am hopeful that it will show them that no matter where you're from, that you are important. That you do have a voice. That they can dream big," Sheffield said.
Sheffield also said that she hopes that her Santa Anna students continue to believe that big things can happen even in their small town.