Cherry Elementary School Spreads Joy with Holiday Cards for Hospitalized Kids
Cherry Avenue students were given a special project during this season of giving. They were asked to write greeting cards to a very special group of recipients—children who have to spend their holidays in hospitals.
“Cards for Hospitalized Kids is an internationally recognized charitable organization that spreads hope, joy, and magic to hospitalized kids across America,” explained Cherry Avenue speech teacher Erin Duffy who, along with art teacher Emily Shank, organized the activity for all grades.
Throughout the one-day event at Cherry, classes were assigned time-slots to visit the festively decorated multi-purpose room where, like little elves in Santa’s Workshop, students went to work using the art supplies of crayons, stickers, colorful markers, and an assortment of pre-drawn, holiday-themed designs for coloring. Once the students picked a card to color and decorate, they personalized the blank inside both with their own sentiments and additional artwork. Ever prepared, teachers Duffy and Shank expected some students might draw a blank while composing a message, so they created a poster with a variety of sample messages to help the students. However, for the youngest students still learning how to write, messages were already pre-printed on notepaper, easy-peasy for gluing inside the card. At the conclusion of every card-making session, each child’s creative touch had transformed the ordinary supplies into a beautiful message.
Soon, all around the country, the Cards for Hospitalized Kids organization will distribute these well wishes from caring hearts to hospitalized children, and at the same time, approximately 400 Cherry Avenue students experienced the joy of giving for the holiday season.
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