Mulkey Elementary lunchroom lady with brain cancer hand-writes Valentine's Day cards for every student

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 6:57 PM CST
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Students at James A. Mulkey Elementary School are used to getting treats on Valentine ’s Day.

One of those - a handwritten note from Becky Mitchell, who works in the school cafeteria.

This year, her act of kindness at the school is taking on an even greater importance.

She doesn't just write these notes for a few students - she writes one for every student.

And she's done that every year she's worked at the school.

This year, she wasn't able to be there when the kids opened them, but she wanted to make sure they knew she was still thinking about them.

"It's just something I've always done, and the kids still remember you when you get to the high school even though the schools ain't connected,” said Mitchell. “They still remember stuff, and a lot of them still have stuff I gave them over the years."

Becky Mitchell has been handwriting Valentine’s Day notes to the students at Mulkey Elementary for the past 26 years.

Considering there are usually around 550 students in the school, if my math serves me right, she's written around 14,300 notes.

She did have a little help from her great-grandson, Jaice.

"Just worked on it over evenings and stuff, and he helped me put the stickers on,” said Mitchell.

Becky would usually be at the school to give the kids the valentines, but unfortunately - she found out she had a brain tumor about a month ago.

"Otherwise, I'd still be at the school house,” said Mitchell. “They grounded me.”

Becky's absence has been felt at the school.

In return for her valentine’s cards, the students wrote get well soon cards to Mrs. Becky.

"I bet there are a million children that love you,” wrote one student.

"They're giving, trying to give back to her just a portion of what she's given back,” said Mulkey Elementary Principal Jami Seay. “She's touched hundreds of students in her years here at Mulkey."

Becky’s hope is that the thousands of cards have helped to teach the kids a valuable lesson.

"You're trying to teach them how to be courteous to other people, and all,” said Mitchell. “Hopefully some of them will do that to other people and just get out there and help somebody that needs help."

As if all the valentine’s cards weren't enough, Becky said she's already working on a project for Dr. Seuss week coming up in March.

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