ASES supports frontline workers
By Sue Tiffin
Archie Stouffer Elementary School started the week with a challenge to the school community set forth by Quinn and Eleanor Higgins: create a display of hearts in windows at home and workplaces throughout the area to help honour what the school’s social media page described as “all of the members of our community who continue to be at work supporting us. We appreciate the nurses, doctors, PSWs, shelter workers, truck drivers, grocery and essential store workers, police officers, paramedics, prison guards and the countless others who leave their homes every day during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Posts on the original announcement
show students and teachers participating as well as the county offices
and Eagle Lake Country Market, which was decorated by Eleanor herself,
with help from staff.
Erinn Lynch, mom to Quinn and Eleanor, said she got the idea from the Caremongers Haliburton Facebook group, where Ted Cumber had posted about the idea, which started with Emma in Gooderham.
“We wanted to be able to contribute in some way and let all our friends who are frontline workers (especially nurses) know that we are thinking of them, that we support them, that they are not alone and how grateful we are,” said Lynch. “I also thought it would be empowering for the kids and our school to contribute their art and help them feel like their voices and place in our community are important, while supporting the community at large as we all come together while staying apart.” While some kids painted their windows, others created hearts out of construction paper, and signs of encouragement. “We live in a special place,” said Lynch. “Everyone is important. And ultimately we are all in this together.”