Students at Glenwood Elementary School are sending their love to the elderly through valentine messages.

Many nursing homes and senior facilities have been forced to close their doors to visitors and loved ones over the past year as the pandemic continues to take its toll on the elderly.

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According to a news release from the Vestal School District, the Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is receiving some love from many of the students at Glenwood Elementary School, who are sending Valentines messages to the residents, who have been shut in over the past year due to COVID-19

The second-grade classes at Glenwood Elementary had been going to Vestal Park on a regular basis to read to the residents, but once the corona virus hit, they could no longer make the short walk up the hill to practice their reading.

The students in the higher grades are part of the Helping Hands Club, who would go and play Bingo and visit with the residents.

In the release  Glenwood Elementary School principal Doreen McSain said February is National Kindness Month and she sent out a request for students to spread kindness through letters of love to those who have been isolated for months at Vestal Park.

Going on now through today students who attend the school in person will make valentines and bookmarks during recess, and students who are learning remotely will make them at home, and in addition fourth graders will write letters to the residents.

Students will also be playing something called “Kindness Bingo the rest of the month, each student receives a special bingo card and on each square there is an activity of Kindness, such as  Compliment five people or volunteer to do a chore.

There is a banner that will hang in the school’s main hallway that reads “I Pledge To Be Kind; Stick Together.

All of the Valentines letters will be delivered this Friday February 12th


Glenwood Elementary Valentines for Seniors

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