Students in elementary buildings across the Warwick School District gave back to the local community by creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards as part of Blue Ridge Communications’ “Touch a Heart” initiative.
Blue Ridge started its community-oriented initiative eight years ago and has continued to have a very successful response. “This year, more than ever, people will really appreciate these powerful messages of love, joy, and hope. With the public’s help, we are looking to do just that,” said Cindy Mellinger, Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications. Blue Ridge encouraged students to make handmade cards with their personal touch, and a special message to show the outpouring of kindness for others in the community.
Last year, “Touch of Heart” brought in over 9,000 handmade cards through Blue Ridge’s service area that was then distributed to over 50 organizations. In previous years, cards have also been sent to soldiers serving overseas through Keystone Military Families.
Second-grade students from Mrs. Erika Deeter and Mrs. Lynn Brubaker’s class at John R. Bonfield Elementary worked on their cards in early February to have completed just in time to send out for Valentine’s Day.
“My students were thrilled at the thought of brightening someone's day with a Valentine's Day card,” says Mrs. Erika Deeter. “They are a great group of kids who are kind and compassionate. I think it's important for them to do community initiatives like this because it helps create a sense of belonging for the students. The relationship between our schools and community is so important and it's great to see the children involved in helping to strengthen this relationship.”
The Kindness Warriors team at Kissel Hill Elementary was given this as a "mission" during their school Kindness Week, which was held February 1st through the 5th. All handmade cards will be given to those in local nursing homes and delivered to veterans in the surrounding area.