Safe Schools: How to write a compelling letter

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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 letter must explain and include clear examples of why the team deserves this 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 the team meets each of the award criteria. You must provide clear evidence of how the team is helping to create a positive school climate. Consider including specific results using quantitative data when describing improvements in your school.

  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.

    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.

    Please note, the letters cannot be written by a team member or a family member of the team. Kindly use the letter of support template provided.

  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.