Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School students in Darcy Hickey’s third-grade class decided to give the gift of hope as a holiday project this year.
“After reading the book ‘The Giving Tree’, students discussed how they could give this season,” Hickey said. “They decided to write inspirational quotes on paper ornaments and decorate a Christmas tree with them.”
The quotes are intended to encourage those who are hurting and are in need of some kind words, Hickey noted.
“Students have the best ideas,” she said. “This has been a wonderful project.”
The tree was delivered to Prestige Care in Camas Friday, Dec. 19. The students also sang holiday songs and went caroling around the building.
“The tree will make people happy,” said Leila Tienhaara. “If they are sad or if they have no one to visit them, they can go to the tree and read something to make them happy.”
The ornaments and visit from the students was a great way to spread holiday cheer, according to Dianna Kretzschmar, director of admissions and marketing at Prestige Care.
“The holidays can be an especially hard time for patients in care facilities,” she said. “Having these beautiful words of encouragement will lift their spirits. One of our patients said, ‘It’s nice to not be forgotten on Christmas. These children are such a blessing.'”
Hickey added that she has “no doubt,” the words will leave an impact.
“I have been in tears reading some of the thoughtful words on our tree,” she said.
Student Jack Ringo agreed that the tree will help brighten the day of those who may need it.
“This is nice because they might be suffering and sick,” he said. “If they have someone help them get to the tree and read something on it, they will cry because they are happy.”
The students researched inspirational quotes from famous people. They also came up with their own words to share.
“I like the one that says ‘You are a shooting star,” said Nikko Speer.