Salem-Liberty Elementary students give out valentines

Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 3:17 PM EST
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“Happy Valentine’s Day!”

That’s what students at Salem-Liberty Elementary School said to Arbor nursing home residents this year.

“We thought maybe some of them would be lonely. So, I found a poem online which is “roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you,’ so I put some of those in there,” said Paige Morgensterm, a sixth grade student at SLE.

“I don’t know how long I’ve been here, but this is the first time I’ve gotten cards like these,” said Mark Epperly, an Arbor’s resident.

It was all a part of Fort Frye Kindness Week, with Ericka Schneider’s sixth grade class taking the lead.

“So the superintendent has started this Kindness Week as a way to show students that kindness matters and the students are encouraged to do random acts of kindness whether it’s for the community or for their family or for their classmates. Throughout Fort Frye School District, we are doing acts of kindness,” said Schneider. “Since it was Kindness Week, I actually saw something on Facebook about writing cards to patients at Children’s Hospital. That was an online forum, so I thought ‘well, that’s a really good idea, we could do that too, but we can give it to somebody in our community, locally.’”

Schneider wasn’t sure the school would produce enough cards for everyone at the arbors, so one little girl took the project home.

“I’ve made about forty cards. I stayed home and make them because I feel like everyone needs them,” said Casey Heslop.

Students wrote poems and kind messages that could be given out to anyone.

“Thank you so much for everything. I hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day. Then I did a poem, ‘Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, Just like you!’” said Heslop.

Arbors resident’s say they appreciate the gesture.

“Thank you for the kids that gave us these. They mean a lot to me,” said Epperly.

“They mean a lot to me because I don’t have mail, I don’t get much mail from people around the world. And it’s nice that the kids take the time to do it,” said Crystal Thomas.

The students were happy to do it.

“It warms my heart, that we can just give back to the community,” said Riley Fleeman, a sixth grade student.