“I want to make them feel better,” said Raeleigh Caldwell, a student in Brittni Tuttle’s third-grade class at Lynn Camp Elementary.
The assignment was to create paper heart Valentine’s Day cards to mail to the children at St. Jude’s Hospital. For many students it was much more than an activity, it became personal.
“Making Valentine’s hearts for children at St. Jude Hospital is important to me,” continued Raeleigh. “I love to make them happy.”
Other students in Ms. Tuttle’s class agreed, as they cut and decorated the cards with care.
“They know we’re trying to help them,” said Isabella Gambrel. “You know they will love it. They might not get many cards, not many people know their there.”
More important than cutting out a perfect heart shape, or coloring inside the lines, was the personal messages that students shared with their friends at St. Jude.
“I love seeing that people love spending time with the kids in St. Jude Hospital,” said Sayde Mobley. “(This) is important to me because kids can enjoy the Valentine’s Day hearts. Kids don’t get that lucky so people make cards and go see them. Kids get happy and stuff seeing that people love spending time with the kids.”
Ms. Tuttle plans on mailing the cards to St. Jude in plenty of time for the kids to receive them for Valentine’s Day next week.