A teacher in Washington state learned the true spirit of giving from a young student who had nothing to gift her for Christmas.

In a Facebook post, Rachel Uretsky-Pratt said on Wednesday, that on the school’s last day before winter break, students were presenting their teachers with treats, special trinkets, and handmade notes ahead of the big holiday.

Uretsky-Pratt wrote that one of her students wanted to present Uretsky-Pratt with something so badly, but couldn’t afford to buy her a gift.


The educator said all of her students are from low-income families and 100 percent of the children receive free or reduced school lunch. Yet one student’s small act of kindness reminded her to be grateful all year long.

Uretsky-Pratt shared the touching gift on social media after the student sifted through her free breakfast to pick out marshmallows for her teacher. She then wrapped the small treats in the plastic from her utensils.

She explained in her post:

To help put your life into perspective: […]

This kiddo wanted to get my something so badly, but had nothing to give.

So rather than give me nothing, this student opened up her free breakfast cereal this morning, took the packaging of her spork, straw, and napkin, and finally took the time to take every marshmallow out of her cereal to put in a bag—for me.

Commenters reacting to the child’s sweet present wrote:

My guess is this was the best gift you got. It brought tears to my eyes knowing you have touched this child so deeply. Thank you for being an amazing teacher. Merry Christmas ??

That was awesome. That the best part of the cereals wanted you to have it. That’s called love.

So thoughtful and probably a big sacrifice.

In a culture that can sometimes get lost in the commercialism of the holiday, thousands praised the little girl for celebrating what matters most at Christmas.

The heartwarming message has since been shared over 123,000 times.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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5 Replies to “Student Can’t Afford a Present for Her Teacher — so She Picks out Every Marshmallow From Her Free Lunch”

  • Mary 1 year ago

    I agree with the person who commented on what a great teacher/person you must be.
    This child is lucky you are in her life.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    You’re right , Mary .

  • Maureen McGehee 1 year ago

    The gift from that precious child to her teacher is something that cannot be bought. It is worth more than anything you can buy. It is priceless. We all have learned a very valuable lesson…When you give from your heart to someone you care about, it is a treasure to be savored, cherished and remembered. And I suspect that many of us will remember what Christmas is truly about…

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Well said, Maureen. I agree. This is my favorite Christmas story. Thank you.

  • Robert Miles 1 year ago

    She may want to look at this web site to ask for help getting items to help her students.



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