Safe Schools: How to write a compelling letter

How to write a compelling letter of support

Across Ontario, there are safe schools teams working to promote a safe school climate at their school because they understand how important this can be to students' learning and well-being. This is your chance to celebrate these exceptional people and their achievements. Your letters must explain and include clear examples of why the team deserves special recognition.

Here are three tips to help you write a compelling letter of support:

  1. Don't just say your safe schools team is outstanding – prove it!
    Use specific and concrete examples and stories to illustrate how your team meets each of the award criteria. You must provide clear evidence of how your team is helping to create a positive school climate.

  2. Give different perspectives
    Don't tell the same story twice! The two letters of support should provide various examples from a range of views and perspectives. They cannot be completed by a team member or a family member of the team. New: please use the letter of support template.

    For example, educator(s) might write a letter about the challenges faced at the school; student(s) might talk about how the team has personally impacted their experience at school; while parent(s)/legal guardian(s) could describe how the team connects the school with the community.

  3. Keep it simple
    You only have three pages to sell your team to the selection panel. Keep it clear and to the point.

    These two letters of support should paint a complete picture of the team because they are key components for the selection panel in making their decision. So make them compelling!

Completing your letter of support templates

Each completed template should be:

  • text only (no pictures)
  • in an easy to read font size – no smaller than 12 point.
  • no more than three pages long.
  • without personal information other than about yourself (no names).

Each letter must also include the writer's full name and signature.