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Stranger's Note Inspires 5-Year-Old To Read (Photo)

| by Emily Smith

One Seattle mother was happily surprised when her 5-year-old daughter received an encouraging note from a stranger.

Alaura May was riding the bus from downtown Seattle to Greenwood last Tuesday when her 5-year-old daughter showed signs of hesitancy about starting kindergarten.

“I’m going to be shy, I could be shy,” Ella Mitchell, May’s daughter, told King 5 News.

Ella was apparently concerned about learning to read and a stranger overheard the conversation. The man handed May a letter, which she was moved by after reading.

“When you practice letters enough, and the sounds they make, they’ll start to work together and make sense, and then you’ll be reading,” the letter reads. “ ... Soon you’ll be able to read books, and everything there is to know is in them!”

Ella has since poured over the letter time and time again. In fact, the week-old letter has already shown signs of age.

Now, Ella says she can’t wait to start kindergarten in the fall.

Although May didn’t ask for the man’s phone number or name, she and Ella want him to know how thankful they are for the letter. Since the bus ride, May has posted the letter to several social media websites in the hopes of communicating their thanks.

The enter letter reads:

"When you practice letters enough, and the sounds they make, they'll start to work together and make sense, and then you'll be reading. When you can read, you'll know what EVERYTHING says. All the signs, all the names, all the books, writing is EVERYWHERE if you look. Soon you'll be able to read books, and everything there is to know is in them!

"You'll be able to find out whatever you want! It probably won't be easy, but it won't be hard forever. It's going to be so exciting! Good luck!"

Sources: King 5, WBIR 

Photo Credit: King 5

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