West Madison youngsters share Valentine cheer with Madison Manor
MADISON – Senior citizens at Madison Manor may have a happier Valentine’s Day because of thoughtful youngsters at West Madison Elementary School.
Fifty students in West Madison’s expanded-day program made two Valentine’s cards for nursing home residents and one for their mother. Assistant principal Kathy D. Miller chose the low-cost project to jive with Valentines Day, Jump Rope for Heart and Random Acts of Kindness Week in February.
Miller learned about random acts week from fourth-grade teacher Sally Warren, who assigned students to write uplifting notes to teachers, staff and classmates. “West Madison is known as ‘the little school with a big heart,'” Miller said.
Students used donated materials from parents to make basic cards with red construction paper and a heart doily and flower- and heart-shaped cards.
Miller was surprised that many younger students didn’t know what a nursing home is. “A few older students had grandparents that are or were in a nursing home and talked about visiting them.”
Most students wrote thoughts like “I hope you feel better” and “I hope you have a good day.” One wrote, “I hope you have all the things you need, especially medicine to make you feel better.”
Kindergartner Ayden Childress said, “When I was in the hospital before Christmas, some people dressed up like Santa and brought me things. Now, I can do a good thing for the people at the ‘hospital.'”
Sixth-grader Soji Bedsole thought the Valentines were “a nice thing to do. I like to help others.”
“Our students know they matter and learn they can make a difference from participating in many service projects that West Madison does” year-round, Miller said.
West Madison administrators want to ‘grow’ the expanded-day program. Cost is $60 weekly or $110 for two.
“We offer teacher-led homework time, computer and iPad time, art, tutoring and sports,” Miller said. Triad Martial Arts and Fantasy Playhouse will perform. For the new CSI/detective unit during February, students will use deductive reasoning in “The Great Chocolate Caper.”