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Staff at two Hamilton guesthouses were treated to a random act of kindness yesterday as preschoolers showered them with Valentine cards.

Children from the Bermuda Montessori School visited neighbouring Royal Palms Hotel and Edgehill Guest Manor, bearing gifts they had crafted in the classroom.

The colourful paper hearts and “love butterflies” were handed to the workers.

Julie Durrant, the school's administrator, said they celebrate a “random act of kindness week” annually, explaining that the activity embodies the “pro-giving” Montessori ethos.

She said the students regularly exchange gifts among themselves and yesterday's outing provided an opportunity for the children “to know that there are others outside of the school that they can give to”.

Mrs Durrant and her husband Junior have owned the school for 13 years but introduced the tradition eight years ago as a lead-up to Valentine's Day.

Theresa Harney-Suill, manager at Royal Palms, said: “We love having you as our neighbours. Hearing the laughter makes our day.”

The second group, aged 3 to 5, were more vocal than their younger counterparts, and sang to the workers with the words: “I've got peace, peace, peace in my fingers; Words in my head; I've got love in my heart; I'm gonna give some to you.”

Spreading the love: children from the Montessori School deliver Valentine's Day cards to staff at Edgehill Guest Manor as part of their “random acts of kindness” week. From left, Edgehill staff members Lourdes Capulong and Marivic Katigbak (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Giving gifts: Lourdes Capulong, a member of staff at Edgehill Guest Manor, receives a paper heart from Eliana Lewis, 5 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
All smiles: Ariya Samuels, 2, with Royal Palms Hotel staff members Sonia Whitter, left, manager Theresa Harney-Zuill and Kate Piggott (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Heartfelt gesture: Juvy Calzado, housekeeper at the Royal Palms Hotel, receives a card from Filipe Vieira, 17 months (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Valentine's surprise: Lily Amaral, 2, presents a card to Theresa Harney-Zuill, the manager at the Royal Palms Hotel (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published February 12, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated February 12, 2016 at 6:34 am)

Students shower staff with Valentine cards

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