Submitted by the cycle one teachers at Lennoxville Elementary School
It was very obvious early on in the pandemic that the young and the elderly were greatly affected by loss of social connections. Our young students were often not able to visit their elderly or at-risk family members and this absolutely took a toll on them and their families. This isolation is even more obvious for residents in retirement facilities because they desperately miss seeing children and family members who worry about exposing them to illnesses. In the new year, it was finally time to reconnect, share projects and grow learning opportunities.
For many years the grade one and two students of Lennoxville Elementary School, in collaboration with Sarah Langlois at the Manoir St-Francis, have enjoyed caroling for the residents at Christmastime and sharing in other activities throughout the school year. It was important that our young students let the residents know that things were starting to look up – that even though we were still wearing masks and following Covid protocols at school (and at the residence), we were looking for ways to share hope and kindness.
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