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Wantagh’s Mandalay Students Pen Winter Letters For Seniors

Pictured: Mandalay Elementary School fourth graders, from left, Dylan Davis, Brianna Menichino and Hailey Tampone wrote letters for senior citizens for the Letters Against Isolation initiative.

Photos courtesy of the Wantagh School District

To coincide with the season of giving, empathy is the theme of the month for December as part of the Wantagh CARES social and emotional learning program. At Mandalay Elementary School, fourth and fifth graders demonstrated empathy through a service learning project.

Wantagh’s Mandalay Students Pen Winter Letters For Seniors

Caroline Trainer, Christo Zervos and Riley Navetta, right, showed their completed letters and cards.

The school partnered with Letter Against Isolation, a nonprofit organization devoted to combating senior loneliness by sending cards to senior citizens across the world. Mandalay students made cards and letters that will be delivered to resident of nursing homes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Wantagh’s Mandalay Students Pen Winter Letters For Seniors

Giavanna Cusumano and William Fiermann hope to spread joy to residents of nursing homes.

School counselor Donna Shulman visited the classes to talk to students about the history and mission of Letters Against Isolation. She then asked students to compose handwritten messages for seniors. They put their friendly letter-writing skills to good use and included warm wishes for the new year, winter-themed images and silly jokes. Students were also encouraged to share a little bit about themselves, such as their interests and hobbies.

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