Grade 2 students share letters of gratitude

Sophie MacKenzie, left, and Patricia Jasken read their stories to the residents of Forest View Place. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)Sophie MacKenzie, left, and Patricia Jasken read their stories to the residents of Forest View Place. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)
Nicole Weber, left, and Danielle Vetrov received letters from the Grade 2 class at Raft River Elementary. The letters were addressed to the nurses at Dr. Helmcken Hospital and Forest View Place and expressed gratitude from the students for the work they do. From l-r: Nicole Weber, Danielle Vetrov, Madison Cameron, River Shook, Brooke Savage and Sophie MacKenzie. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)Nicole Weber, left, and Danielle Vetrov received letters from the Grade 2 class at Raft River Elementary. The letters were addressed to the nurses at Dr. Helmcken Hospital and Forest View Place and expressed gratitude from the students for the work they do. From l-r: Nicole Weber, Danielle Vetrov, Madison Cameron, River Shook, Brooke Savage and Sophie MacKenzie. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)
Brooke Savage, left, reads her story to a few residents of Forest View Place while Madison Cameron and Taya Cooke listen in and patiently wait their turns. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)Brooke Savage, left, reads her story to a few residents of Forest View Place while Madison Cameron and Taya Cooke listen in and patiently wait their turns. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)

The Raft River Elementary Grade 2 class has been writing letters to various workers in the community, in an effort to learn the importance of gratitude (while improving their writing skills).

Part of the curriculum in the social studies and career education includes learning about work done in the community, Christine Green, teacher of the Grade 2 class, told The Times. They class also learned about feeling gratitude and how to express that feeling to others when they help us.

Green wove the two topics together and thought it would be a fun and thoughtful activity to have the students write letters to workers in the community, such as the mayor, the RCMP and nurses at the hospital, to express their appreciation.

Some of the letters were delivered to their recipients themselves, while Green has delivered a couple piles of letters over the last week. She said she’s happy to see the happiness these simple letters have brought to the community.

The students also have been walking to Forest View Place to read their stories to the residents from the patio. Due to COVID-19, the residents weren’t able to come out on the patio, and the kids couldn’t go inside, but the kids sat in the doorways to the common area and each read a their handwritten stories aloud.



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