Lee County school students show their appreciation for first responders

Students write thank you letters to first responders
Posted at 12:45 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 00:45:04-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Some students in Lee County school district are gaining more insight into the real circumstances that first responders and healthcare workers face during a pandemic.

West Virginia University has partnered with Three Oaks Elementary school in Fort Myers launching the #LetsGoGratitude campaign.

Students are studying these professions and also thanking them for all they do on a daily basis.

7-year-old Aylee Sulkey wrote a thank-you letter to show her gratitude for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you for risking your lives to save others. I know how you are working long hours away from your families. You are heroes. I am thinking about you, stay safe, ” said Sulkey.

Virtual learning has been quite the adjustment for children around the nation, but for now, this class is focusing on the basics.

“We talk about the golden rule every day, we talk about kindness, we talk about how to be a better person, ” said Stephanie Monrad.

Ms. Mondrad says her best friend and professor at West Virginia University, Dr. Ashley Martucci, came up with the concept to bring the #LetsGoGratitude campaign to the classroom, teaching young children about first responders.

It is a good experience for them to learn about the professions and show their gratitude, ” said Ms. Mondrad.

So far the class has been learning about doctors, nurses, social workers, and engineers.

Students then write thank you notes to those first responders.

Some learning activities are also partnered with experiments.

For information on how to get your child involved in the #LetsGoGratitude campaign head to The University of West Virginia's CEHS Dept. of Learning Sciences and Human Development Facebook page.