During the worst pandemic in more than 100 years, as we are forced to social distance, students from Palms West Charter School found a way to connect with others.
Palms West Charter School’s Service Learning Class reached out to the Seaview Nursing Home during this time of great trial, frustration and loss of hope. A total of 35 heartfelt letters were written and sent to encourage, inspire and provide a moment of solace, and perhaps joy, to those who feel trapped and lonely during this time.
Sample messages included:
My name is Alana and I am a student from Palms West Charter School. I would like to share some words of encouragement. I know it must be tough to be in your situation, and I could only imagine what it’d be like, but you can get through this. You’re strong either mentally or physically, as brave as your life experiences have made you, and most of all, loved. It’s crucial that you remember this, so you can continue to persevere and keep your mind off of negative thoughts that may linger in your mind. I can only encourage you to stay positive and calm as well as determined and hopeful. It must be boring, I know, but there are some things you can still do. You can color, learn a new language, or face chat with family and friends on the app called zoom. I sincerely hope that this message had brightened your day even in the slightest, and with that I’ll say goodbye.
Hello, my name is Shailah and I go to Palms West Charter School. I understand things may be difficult in this time especially with the pandemic going around and us being in Quarantine locked Up where we are. But we’re doing this for a good purpose we’re trying to help other people and stop the spread I just wanted to say that I hope you’re doing well like I hope other people are. I once saw a quote, it read, live by lifting others up and sharing joy, well anyways, I hope that you stay safe and you are doing well.
Hi, my name is Chris from the Charter School at Palms West. I’m here to give you an idea to help you get through this hard time. Here is the way, read your favorite book or story. My favorite book is Wonder, it’s about a kid who had to go through multiple surgeries and went to school and got bullied but at the end they realized it’s not about the outside it’s about the inside. I hope you’re doing well and staying healthy. I hope this helped you. Have a wonderful day.
The school received the following response from Seaview Nursing Home:
Thank you all so very much for these encouraging messages! We’ve shared them with our residents and they absolutely love them. It means a great deal to myself, our staff and our residents to receive these messages.
Hemi Baijnath, Executive Director
Seaview Nursing & Rehabilitation