2nd Graders Write Letters To Hurricane Victims

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

October 3, 2005

Over the past few weeks, support for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have poured in through donations, food, and supplies. Here in Charlottesville, a unique group of second graders is giving their support a different way.

"I hope you feel better..." narrated one area 2nd grader.

Through those words, kids in Leslie Anderson's second grade class are helping victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"This year we decided at that time to go ahead and write letters, draw pictures, and think of sentiments that would make the other children happy, and feel like someone cares," said Leslie Anderson, a second grade teacher at Mary C. Greer Elementary School.

The letters were sent to the American Red Cross along with a $25 donation. While the donation may not seem like much, the Red Cross says its value is more than you can imagine.

"I think it's important to make financial gifts, but it's also important let people know that you care. And sometimes it's done in words, sometimes it's done in letters," said Lonnie Kirby, with the American Red Cross.

"I am sad that some of your homes feel down," read one young giver.

"I hope you are safe, I love you guys," narrated another child.

The words written on a piece of paper, no matter the amount, totals a lot more for the victims mentally. Living through a disaster can make a person's mind become so focused on what's in front of them.

"Your energy is so acutely aware of what you're doing, you just sort of almost forget about your whole past," added Kirby.

The kids may never forget what they've done, as for the compassion from Ms. Anderson's class, the victims won't forget.

The school's principal is working with a principal of another local school, who happens to be from New Orleans , to give the letters to students at a school there in the Big Easy.

The letters should be delivered in a couple weeks.


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