Project Gratitude Featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show!

Project Gratitude Featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show!

Award-Winning Author & Students Show Kelly What It Means to be Thankful in a BIG Way!

Recently, award-winning author, literacy advocate, and founder of ‘Project Gratitude’ was featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show! CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Carew Papritz, along with students at Continental Elementary School in Green Valley, Arizona created ‘Project Gratitude’ to teach children—and remind adults—about the personal importance of paying gratitude forward in their daily lives. Gratitude is not just a trend; teaching children young so they can create an impact earlier in life will ultimately shape who they become as adults–by promoting community involvement and volunteering, helping to prevent bullying, and being a great mental health booster!

Our country has also found itself having to pick up the pieces

after what seems like a never-ending emotional and physical battle. Between the viral pandemic, civil unrest, and political polarization, it’s easy to overlook those people for whom we are truly grateful; those people who have dedicated their lives to helping others, to saving lives, to educating our youth, to making a difference in this world.

“In our continued efforts to provide positivity, civility and kindness, we want to–no we need to be– more thankful than ever, because a way to antidote your feelings is to be thankful. Between social media, texting and remote learning, traditional communication skills are falling by the wayside, and this educational initiative is designed to help children get back to basics, and to show gratitude at the same time,” says Papritz.

As part of ’Project Gratitude’ this past year,

several initiatives took place, spearheaded by Papritz and the students. First, they drew large crowds with the creation of the official Guinness Record for World’s Largest Thank You Letter, then mailed the letter through the US Postal service postmarked with the World’s Largest Stamp and Envelope.

In the Spring, they were inspired to support the children of Ukraine by writing personally handwritten letters. It was the hope that these students brought some level of support and encouragement to Ukrainian kids who were devastated by the invasion and uprooting of their families.

The ‘Project Gratitude’ team wants to go global and are currently planning for the future: 


‘Project Gratitude’ 2023 Plans (*Preliminary Phase Only):

  • Community-wide project of gathering jackets and coats for children in Ukraine & partnering up with airlines (Alaska, Delta, etc.) to get them delivered

  • Kilimanjaro book signing & visit to local village to pass out hand-written letters and books to children

  • Partnering w/ Make-A-Wish, writing letters to lift patient spirits and offering Carew’s services (being a “cowboy” for a day and riding a horse on his property)

  • Win an Author for a Day – I Love to Read Series- “How to Make Reading Hip”

  • National Thank You Letter Week (November 7th- November 14th) leading up to National Thank You Letter Day- November 14th (A national initiative for students to write hand-written thank you/ gratitude letters to people of their choosing


Carew Papritz is an educational thought-leader, literacy advocate and award-winning author of the inspirational book, The Legacy Letters. Through his innovative efforts such as the I Love to Read YouTube series and National Thank You Letter Day, Papritz has made a universal impact by being an advocate for literacy and teaching people of all ages about personal and global legacy issues. Papritz’s writing has been published in a number of media outlets including Huffpost, Inc., Reader’s Digest, Fox News, Woman’s World Magazine, NPR, Yahoo! News & First Time Parent Magazine.


Lindsey Jenn

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