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Kindergarten students at Gorrie Elementary are using their time at home to spread some cheer to nursing homes in the Bay area. 

Students at Gorrie Elementary Send Pictures, Letters to Nursing Homes

April 01, 2020 - Student Success

Kindergarten students at Gorrie Elementary are using their time at home to spread some cheer to nursing homes in the bay area. 

Residents at retirement homes are not allowed visitors due to coronavirus concerns. Students decided they would write letters and draw pictures for senior citizens who may feel lonely.

Gorrie Parent Meg Korakis knows the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones. Her father Josh has been in a memory care facility for more than seven years, and like many, relies on frequent visits from family.

Korakis' daughters, Ashley and AllyB, saw their grandfather briefly in the minutes before his facility closed to all visitors completely.

“It was heart-wrenching to see the love in their hugs while not knowing when we could visit my Dad again,” Korakis said. “With his Alzheimer’s, his memories fade dramatically fast.”

While Ashley and AllyB jumped in with pens and paper to draw and write to their grandfather to keep in touch, others are writing to show kindness to complete strangers. A group text was circulated and within minutes, the idea quickly spread to other students who jumped on the idea.

Six year-old twins Aubrey and Alexandra Bassett dedicated a few hours of their spring break to craft cards complete with homemade butterflies, flowers and shells gathered from the beach.

“It’s an opportunity for our kids to demonstrate compassion, express creativity, and also continue at-home learning like writing and spelling,” said their mother, Laura Bassett.

“It’s a small, yet meaningful communication among this scary, terrible Coronavirus spread and home-quarantines,” said Korakis.

Though visits are limited or prohibited at long-term care facilities in the area, many welcome mail during this time.

Brian Bentz, Executive Director of Palm Garden of Sun City, says he got chills when he heard his residents would receive mail from students. "Simple things like receiving cards, letters and art from students will no doubt brighten their day," said Bentz.

For those who wish to send cards or letters, the list below provides several places who have expressed interest in receiving mail from students. For others, please call ahead.

Palm Garden of Sun City

3859 Upper Creek Dr.

Sun City Center, FL 33573

 

Woodbridge Care Center

8720 Jackson Springs Rd.

Tampa, FL 33615

 

Bayshore Pointe Nursing and Rehab Center

3117 W Gandy Blvd

Tampa, FL 33611

 

The Colonnade at Carrollwood

13550 S Village Dr.

Tampa, FL 33618

 

Grace Manor at Hunter’s Creek

765 W Grant St.

Plant City, FL 33563

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