Lois Hayes, 66, may have retired from her career at an elementary school, but she hasn’t forgotten her former students, the Huffington Post reports. Every week the Lexington, Miss., resident rolls through an index of cards with past students’ names and birthdays. And every week, she sends out a handful of handwritten, personal birthday notes for the upcoming birthdays–about 400 each year, MSNBC’s The Daily Nightly reports. Hayes says the tradition began when she decided she wanted her students to know they were “special.” “It brings back memories to think of them, and what they were like when I taught them,” she says.

“When I retired, I really was afraid we would not be able to send cards anymore,” Hayes told the news source. “I buy the cards by the box and it has never been a problem, coming up with the postage or buying the cards. The Lord has provided for us, so it has been a joy to be able to do it.”

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