Primary school pupils spread festive cheer
Meals and Wheels recipients are in store for a surprise with their meals this week after 200 primary school pupils created personalised greeting cards.
Staff from caregiving provider Atlantic Caregiving then packaged the cards and delivered them to Meals on Wheels so they would reach the charity's clients, who are mostly senior citizens.
Pupils from Purvis Primary School, Bermuda Institute, Warwick Academy and Saltus Grammar School pupils created the cards for a second year as part of the Care to Share initiative.
Dawn Zuill, founder and owner of Atlantic Caregiving, said: “It is my belief that our children can grow and benefit hugely by engaging with seniors and the vulnerable in our community in a caring and compassionate way.
“It has been wonderful to see this event become such a well-received tradition and we thank all of the schools who participated as well as our team who put it all together.
“We look forward to expanding our efforts in more shared events that can see our youth engaging in meaningful ways with seniors and our community.”
CEO Roderick Petty thanked those who took part and called it a “true team effort”. And Judy Canale, manager, added that the pupil's heartfelt messages “showed they truly understood that caring to share the joy of the season would bring an uplifting moment to the individuals who receive the cards”.
P6 pupil Aldwin Aquino, of Purvis Primary School, and Year 7 pupil Tiegan Thomas, of Warwick Academy, presented the cards to Meals on Wheels client manager Tannika Rodrigues, who thanked all the children and Atlantic Cargiving for making the event possible.
Jo'ell Robinson, Atlantic Caregiving coordinator, added: “Many seniors may find it difficult to get out to visit loved ones.
“They are touched by the artistic efforts and heartfelt words of the students.
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with the schools to bring this Holiday initiative to fruition and are already looking forward to next year's event.”