Let­ters keep town con­nected

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By ALEX GRETGRIX

STU­DENTS from Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated School put pen to pa­per re­cently as a way of bright­en­ing the days of lo­cal res­i­dents.

With the help of the Bush Nurs­ing Cen­tre, stu­dents sent hand­writ­ten let­ters to el­derly mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who may be strug­gling through COVID-19.

“At Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated School one of our core val­ues is com­mu­nity, and as a school we won­dered how we could em­brace this in times of re­mote learn­ing,” Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated School ad­min as­sis­tant Deanne Mc­Nair said.

“We came up with this idea and af­ter ap­proach­ing our lo­cal Bush Nurs­ing Cen­tre they can­vassed in­ter­est among our lo­cal el­derly com­mu­nity mem­bers and did a whole lot of groundwork for us, which we are grate­ful for, and thank them for their time.”

While the stu­dents were stuck at home, they re­alised there would be other peo­ple in the com­mu­nity in the same sit­u­a­tion.

“With so many peo­ple feel­ing the strain of so­cial iso­la­tion at the mo­ment, we were glad to be able to al­le­vi­ate some of the lone­li­ness and brighten some­one’s day,” Ms Mc­Nair said.

“We looked at this as a great op­por­tu­nity to rally around our com­mu­nity and take a lit­tle time to make some­body feel spe­cial.”

So the stu­dents got to work and sent their let­ters, which re­ceived a great re­sponse from the re­cip­i­ents.

“The re­sponse from the com­mu­nity was amaz­ing, with many of the stu­dents re­ceiv­ing let­ters in re­turn in the mail, which is ex­cit­ing, as it is not what our stu­dents are used to,” Ms Mc­Nair said.

“It was great to bring back a bit of old-fash­ioned let­ter writ­ing.

“For such a sim­ple ini­tia­tive, it cer­tainly de­rived a lot of plea­sure for many.”

Lock­ing­ton res­i­dent Val Kuiper with her let­ter from a Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated School stu­dent.

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