Dear Mr. David...

On Monday, November 13, 2000 Mr. David Rockefeller visited the former (1999-2000) second grade students at Pocantico Hills School. Mr. Rockefeller spoke with the children about his grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. He talked about the ledger that he kept and the children were able to ask Mr. Rockefeller questions. It was a wonderful visit that we all will remember with great fondness. Thank you Mr. Rockefeller!

A collection of letters to Mr. David Rockefeller from the students in Mrs. Taverna's second grade class.

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
Hello! My name is Anita. I am a second grader. I am eight years old and I am studying about your grandpa, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Here are some things I learned about your grandpa. He gave out dimes to people to greet them. He kept a ledger. He got his first job on September 26, 1855. He called it Job Day! I have more information, but I don't want to write it down. I need a lot more information. I bet that when your grandpa came to your house it was special, like when my grandpa comes. Did he make you feel comfortable like my grandpa? My class thinks you should come to our classroom to give us some more information. We would love it if you would. Oh oh, got to go!
Your friend,
Anita
P.S. The classroom number is 106

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
I am Tomislav. I am in second grade. I am studying your grandfather. I know that John and Laura's children did not know that he was rich. My teacher and computer teacher went to the Archive Center. I've never seen it. My grandma works for Mrs. Margaretta Rockefeller. I have been to the Tea House because that is where my grandma works. My grandpa was like John D. Rockefeller because whenever I worked with him, he would pay me a dollar or two. I hope you could come to our classroom at Pocantico Hills School.
Your friend,
Tomislav
P.S. Bring Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Margaretta if you can.

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Jasper and I am eight years old. I'm in second grade. We've been studying about your grandfather; John D. Rockefeller, Sr. John D. Rockefeller was a very rich man because he owned almost all the oil refineries in America. He owned the Standard Oil Company. My grandpa plays badminton with me. Did you ever play badminton with your grandpa? Would you like to come to our classroom and tell us more about John D. Rockefeller?
Your friend,
Jasper

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Frank and I am eight years old. I am in second grade. We have been learning about your grandfather, John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. I am writing to you because John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. was a very important man. He was wealthy and charitable. I know he gave money to schools and to people to help them. He gave land for the first school in Pocantico, too. I would like you to come to my classroom so I can find out more about J.D.R., Sr. and your father, J.D.R., Jr. Or you can write back and tell more about yourself, too.
Your friend,
Frank

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Christian. We are studying your family and it is very interesting. You are helpful to many people like your grandfather. I learned that in 1853 your grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., moved from New York to Cleveland, Ohio. He got his first job on September 26, 1855. My grandfather is just like yours. He is just so active like your grandfather. Please can you come to teach us more about your family at Pocantico Hills?
Your friend,
Christian

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Samantha. I am nine years old and I'm in second grade. I'm writing to you because I'm studying about your grandfather. My grandma is Italian and she is very nice! John D. Rockefeller was nice, too, because he passed out dimes. I learned that John D. Rockefeller used a ledger and now I use a ledger, too. I write down what I buy and how much it costs. I'm also keeping a notebook like your grandfather. Sometimes I write down poems like he did. Please come to our school and talk to us about your grandfather.
Your friend,
Samantha

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Daniel. My class and I are studying about your grandpa and relatives. I thought it was funny when I read about your grandpa selling the turkeys when he was only seven. My grandparents are like yours because they have lots of fancy stuff. Please come to my school. We were hoping you could come to our class and tell us about your grandparents.
Your friend,
Daniel Ca.

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Anthony. I am in second grade and I am eight years old. I've been studying about your grandfather. I think your grandfather was a very accomplished man and a very interesting man, too. He was a very big business man and he loved it! He was a very charitable man. He gave thousands of dollars for a school for black women. He did a lot of great things in his 97 years. My grandfather was an interesting man, too, because he was a very busy man, but he was never too busy for me. We hope you will come into our classroom or write to us.
Your friend,
Anthony

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
I am Danny Co. and I am in 2nd grade at Pocantico Hills School. My class has been learning about your grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. I have learned that he became rich because he was the owner of Standard Oil. My Great Great Grandpa, Patrick Duffy, worked at Standard Oil. I want to know if you want to come and visit my classroom at my school and answer some of our questions.
Your friend,
Danny Co.

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
Hello and salutations! (That's how Charlotte says hello in the story Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.) I am a second grade student in class 2T. I go to Pocantico Hills Central School. 2T is studying about John D. Rockefeller, Sr. I learned (I hope it is appropriate to say) that JDR was poor but grew up to be one of the most rich and powerful people in the world! I thought it was neat that he was charitable enough to give a percentage of his money away. My class would love it if you could pay us a visit and not only tell us about your grandpa but about yourself, too!
Your friend,
Kaitlin
P.S. Did you ever play golf with your grandpa?
P.P.S. Write back!

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Carolyn and I am eight years old. I've been studying about John D. Rockefeller, Sr. in school and if I'm not wrong, you're his grandson. We know a lot about him but there is probably a lot more we don't know about him. We think it's funny that he liked to pass out dimes to everyone and it was cool that he had a huge company and was the richest man alive like Bill Gates. I saw a picture of you on your grandfather's lap. I have a picture a lot like that but with me and my grandpa. I bet you loved your grandpa just the same as I love mine. We would LOVE it if you wrote us back or come for a visit and tell us more about John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Your friend,
Carolyn

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Sandro and I am in second grade. I have been studying about your grandfather for the last two months. I learned that he was a very, very wealthy man and a great family man. He loved to play outdoors with his children and grandchildren. I feel very good about my grandparents and probably you felt the same way about John D. Sr., your grandfather. I would like to invite you to my classroom. I hope you can visit us because I would like to know more about John D. Sr. and some of the connections that you had with him.
Your friend,
Sandro

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Stephanie. I am writing because I want to tell you that we've been learning about your grandfather. We learned that he was the boss of Standard Oil. We also learned when he was born (1839) and that he was so rich that he could give lots of money to charities. He helped a lot of people. I know you think about your grandfather because I think about my grandfather, too. I would really like it if you could come and see us someday to talk about your grandfather.
Your friend,
Stephanie

Dear Mr. Rockefeller,
My name is Omari. We are learning about your family. I think your family is very interesting. Your grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. was rich because he worked so hard at Standard Oil and he was the owner of it. He gave out dimes to people. I wish I got a dime from him. I learned that he liked to do stuff with his family. My grandfather did, too. Did you like fishing with your grandfather? My grandfather went fishing a lot with me. I would like you to come to our classroom so I can ask you some questions.
Your friend,
Omari

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