Plymouth School District students made hundreds of valentines for Project Angel Hugs to distribute to children with cancer throughout the world.
Among the Plymouth public school groups contributing valentines were:
- Horizon Elementary School, in an effort led by educational assistant Michelle Kleczka contributed 740 valentines created by students and families. Second-graders made them in class, as did 4K students, who also made some with their families at a recent family night. Horizon also invited families to create valentines together.
- As it has for several years, the Riverview Middle School Student Council contributed valentines, about 100 of which were made by students at the January dance. Student Council started on next year’s collection by having blank cards available for decoration at a Feb. 10 lock-in.
- Extra Mile Child Care at Parkview, which created doughnut valentines with colorful sprinkles in the hopes of brightening another child’s day.
- The informal staff/student mentoring group Girls Group at Plymouth High School, which spent an hour at Project Angel Hugs writing out cards and making other crafts. Thrivent Financial provided a pizza party for the group afterward.
- The special-needs classroom at PHS taught by Susan Forsberg and Shelly Birenbaum.
- Kay Tharp’s math classes and study halls made valentines in their free time during January. Students in other classes and study halls stopped in to create some as well.
Project Angel Hugs wanted to top the 44,000 signed valentines it distributed last year – and did so with more than 62,500 valentines! Cards came from 50 cities in Wisconsin, nine other states, and 11 other countries: Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa and Thailand. Each bag has at least six valentines from out of the country.
“We appreciate all of the creativity, hard work and support from those who are near and those who are far,” said Project Angel Hugs director Chari Perl. “Thanks to the teachers and to the students who took time to help us meet AND exceed our goal in a BIG way!”