Parents used to the pressure of finding the perfect gift for their children's teacher have praised her for requesting they do something "heartwarming" instead.

Last week Steff Ravenhall's daughter Harriet Warring, 7, came home with a letter from her teacher Mrs. Gardner.

Preempting the mountains of chocolates and red wines that would come her way, the teacher thanked parents for their "kind generosity" of Christmases gone by but asked that it be redirected this year, Chronicle Live reported.

"I would like to reduce your stress a little and ask that you don't buy me a gift," she wrote "I thoroughly enjoy teaching your children and my job is a pleasure to do." This was no present ban, however. 
The deputy head and year two teacher urged parents at St Patrick's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided School in Dipton, County Durham to send an anonymous donation of no more than £2 to help those in need. The request had an educational edge as well. 
She said: "This half term we will be focusing on money in maths and the real meaning of Christmas in our RE lessons. 
"With this in mind, I would like the children to be involved in the social responsibility of giving and kindness and plan to support a local family."

Once the envelopes had been received, the children would count up the cash inside and use it to buy an item from a local shop.

Steff, 26, was so impressed by the idea she shared a photo of the letter on Facebook in the hope of encouraging other schools to follow suit.

The mum said: "I just thought it was really heart-warming, and it obviously takes the pressure off because you do worry about getting the teachers presents at this time of year.

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