"Everlasting Envelopes" Link Students and Shut-in Seniors
THE CONFIDENCE TO SERVE
Saint George's students don't just participate in service projects, they organize their own service activities! "Everlasting Envelopes" is a project that current 10th grader Ava Bush created with her brother at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in March of 2020. Here's how she describes it:
"Our goal was to help the most impacted group of people during the pandemic -- the elderly. The elderly population are the most vulnerable to catch the virus, but they are also more susceptible to depression during these times because they aren’t allowed visitors or in-person contact with anyone to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
"Which is why we deliver letters to make them feel loved. This is all about getting people to write, draw, or create anything that can be put in an envelope and delivered to the residents in a local nursing home to put a smile on their face. Our letters are delivered open, for sanitizing, and packaged by people with masks as well as sanitized and washed hands to prevent the spread of the virus.
"Saint George’s advisory theme for the month of November was gratitude and paying it forward, which was the perfect opportunity for us to collaborate with the students here. The students were able to send 70 letters to Royal Park Retirement Center in Spokane just before Thanksgiving to help those who are struggling with isolation. Saint George’s students’ ability to serve their community shone through with their thoughtful, well-written letters and their colorful drawings."
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