Huband students Bronte Pendleton, Annabelle Pizzey and Oakland Webber show off their artwork for seniors at The Views. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Huband students Bronte Pendleton, Annabelle Pizzey and Oakland Webber show off their artwork for seniors at The Views. Photo by Mike Chouinard

VIDEO: Comox Valley students bring cheer to seniors

Huband Elementary is just one of the schools spreading joy this season

Every holiday season, Huband Elementary classes put together greetings for seniors in local residences.

This year, like so many other situations, things are a little different with COVID-restrictions in place.

However, on the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 10, a group of students popped by The Views to deliver their season’s greetings in person – at an appropriate social distance.

The students brought artwork, with an aurora borealis theme, to present to the seniors. The kids stayed outside but showed off their creations to residents through the window, then broke into a round of “Jingle Bells,” which brought big smiles from the residents inside.

Huband principal Gracie MacDonald said the students write letters to seniors each year.

“This year was kind of special because of the situation we’re in,” she said.

The students were able to personalize their greetings as they were given names, age and other information about the seniors they were contacting.

“The Views is special because a lot of the people in here have not seen anybody for a long time,” she said. “All these kids knew they were writing to Joseph or Ronald or Maria. It was personal to them…. They were able to make that connection to the older person.”

The plan is to get something sent to each of the residents at The Views, and some of the students will be pulling double-duty.

“Some of the kids wrote to more than one person, which was very sweet,” she said.

Jennifer Chaboteaux, director of care at The Views, said many of the residents have not been able to see grandchildren or great-grandchildren for so long this year because of pandemic restrictions, so the gesture means all that much more.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring youth in,” she said.

The project is not the only example of local students providing some holiday cheer for others. For example, according to School District 71, several schools are taking part in a holiday tradition that is new to the district –a letter-writing campaign. Students at Royston, Cumberland, Valley View, Brooklyn, Aspen, Airport and Queneesh are writing cards and letters to help lift the spirits of seniors in three centres in the Valley – Cumberland Lodge, The Views and Glacier View Lodge.

As well, Indigenous support workers and their students are writing cards to Elders in the Valley, while Ramona Johnson of IHOS Gallery is providing lapel pins and broaches to add to the Elder letters.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cumberland’s council is looking at more ways to preserve its heritage not only through its museum and archives but through historic buildings. Record file photo
Cumberland considers density bonus to preserve heritage

The incentive is just one of many steps community looking at to protect older sites

Royston resident and photographer Tanja Kerr took a quick video of two eagles taking a quick dip in the water earlier this week. Video still/Tanja Kerr
Video: Eagle spotting in Royston

Photographer Tanja Kerr ensures her camera is always nearby

Rod Bitten of Union Bay won $500,000 in the Lotto Max draw on Jan. 15. Photo supplied
Union Bay electrician gets shocking surprise with $500K Extra win

Rod Bitten has been hard at work with home renovations, which is… Continue reading

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)
Inadequate safety training a factor in teen BMX star’s workplace death in 2019

Aidan Webber was crushed by a barge at a fish farm near Port Hardy

Angel Azul
World Community Film Festival reaches 30th year

Every February for the past three decades, World Community has hosted a… Continue reading

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths

Outbreak at Surrey Pretrial jail, two more in health care

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(File Photo)
Interior Health says COVID positivity rates in Fernie area actually 10-12%

IH say the rates are not as high as previously claimed by the region’s top doctor

Black bear cubs Athena and Jordan look on from their enclosure at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington, B.C., on July 8, 2015. Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant won the hearts of animal lovers when he opted not to shoot the baby bears in July after their mother was destroyed for repeatedly raiding homes near Port Hardy, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Supreme Court quashes review of B.C. conservation officer who refused to euthanize bears

Bryce Casavant was dismissed from his job for choosing not to shoot the cubs in 2015

Francina Mettes and Thomas Schouten with the 200-page document they submitted in December of 2018. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Dutch man, 94, facing unwanted trip home can stay in B.C. with wife of 45 years

Immigration offices cuts red tape so couple of 45 years can stay together in Victoria area

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding Covid-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C, Monday, December 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Premier, health officials to discuss next steps in COVID immunization plan

Nearly 31,000 doses of vaccine the province expected by Jan. 29 could be curtailed due to production issues

Homalco First Nation said that it will intervene in the judicial review sought by aquaculture companies with regards to federal decision to phase out 19 Discovery Island fish farms by 2022. In this picture from Sept. 24, a demonstrator wears representations of sea lice outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in downtown Vancouver.(Quinn Bender photo)
Chief says push for fish farm judicial review a challenge to reconciliation, Aboriginal Rights

Homalco First Nation chief reacts to Mowi and Cermaq intervention in Discovery Island decision

Vancouver Canucks’ Travis Hamonic grabs Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Anderson by the face during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horvat scores winner as Canucks dump Habs 6-5 in shootout thriller

Vancouver and Montreal clash again Thursday night

Most Read