Making the holiday season a little brighter is the mission for students at Martin Avenue Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District, who are making cards for residents of a local nursing home.
Children have completed hundreds of cards which will be delivered to the Belair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, less than two miles from the school. The project was spearheaded by first grade teacher Mary Carrea and students from all grade levels joined in the effort to spread joy.
Ms. Carrea explained that a Girl Scout troop she leads in Long Beach is doing a similar project for a nursing home there, and thought it would be a great community service initiative for Martin Avenue. By sending the cards to Belair, students would be helping others right in their community. She added that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many nursing homes are limiting visitors, so this is a great way to bring the residents some holiday cheer.
Students had 18 different design templates to choose from for their cards, representing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day. In addition to coloring the pictures, they wrote personal messages.
Photos courtesy of the North Bellmore School District.