Year 7 students have written letters to residents at Springfield Grange. The overwhelming theme of the letters was one of support from the students to the residents.
Students Show Community Spirit And Support For Care Home Residents
Outwood Academy Hemsworth Students Have Written To Springfield Grange Residents
Students from a Hemsworth-based secondary school have shown their community spirit by reaching out to residents at a local care home to show their support for them during this troubling time.
Year 7 students at Outwood Academy Hemsworth, based on Wakefield Road, have written letters to residents at Springfield Grange.
While the overwhelming theme of the letters was one of support from the students to the residents, some of the letters contained drawings of what the students had been up to during the recent lockdown, while students encouraged the residents to make the most of technology to speak with their loved ones over video calls.
One student wrote: “I’m sorry you can’t see your families or anyone because of these hard times but remember just because you can’t see anyone doesn’t mean they dont love you. Hold their love in your heart and don’t let go.”
While another said: “I hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to spread some happiness and send you this letter to show my care to all of you.”
The residents, and staff, at the Grove Lane-based care home were also surprised with flowers from the students and staff at Outwood Academy Hemsworth. The secondary academy’s staff also sent flowers and a card, along with the students’ letters, to help spread some cheer during the winter months.
Aleks Korab-Karpinska, the teacher at Outwood Academy Hemsworth who helped organise the act of community spirit, said: “Sadly, we are all too aware of just how difficult the last twelve months have been for everybody.
“Credit must go to our students for this, it was they who wanted to do something to make a positive impact on our community. Some of them have been writing to residents since the very first lockdown almost a year ago!
“At Outwood we want to play a key role in our local community and encourage our students to be active and get involved wherever they can within the community, which is why I am so proud of the brilliant work they’ve done for the Springfield Grange care home residents and staff.”
It is planned that the residents of the care home will return the favour and write back to the students.
Courtney McKelvie, Events Coordinator at Springfield Grange, said: “Here at Springfield Grange we believe in being one big family and looking out for one another.
“Outwood Academy and Springfield Grange have come together in these difficult times to bring some joy and positivity to the residents and kept the feeling of being a wholesome, positive community whilst we have been kept apart.”