Letters from the heart

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on April 3, 2020

A SMALL but powerful act of kindness has been performed by the kids from Yakamia Primary School this week.

The Year 4 students wanted to reach out to the people on the frontline of then pandemic, and wrote letters to the staff at Albany Health Campus, local pharmacies, supermarkets and residents at nursing homes across Albany.

The supportive notes acknowledged the efforts of many people who are working through the pandemic, with Dr Brittney Wicksteed of Albany Health Campus saying the gesture was well-needed.

“Obviously it’s quite a stressful time working here at the moment even though the worst is probably yet to come, so it’s really heart-warming seeing these letters from the kids, it’ll make everyone smile,” she said.

“It’s nice to remember that people on the outside world are thinking of us while we’re working and feeling stressed.

“It’s going to bring a little bit of light to everyone’s day.”

Year 3 and 4 teachers Chelsey Norman, Raelene Scott and Sue Donaldson said the project was brought into the classroom to show the students how to take a positive approach towards the world’s current situation.

“In an unsettling time, it gave teachers and students a positive focus, as it was near impossible to continue our normal program,” Ms Norman said.

“We wanted the children to show their appreciation for the community members who may be isolated from their family members and also to the community members whose workloads have increased substantially during the coronavirus onset.”

Ms Norman said the project gave students the opportunity to consider others.

“It was positive to see students’ awareness of other people experiencing challenges and how it has impacted on their lives, not just their own.”