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Bright Horizons students make Valentine’s for children they’ve never met

As part of a community art project, children at the Bright Horizons at Newburyport, MA, created a special Valentine for kids at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Bright Space. The project was created by Rebecca Ketchum, art studio teacher, as a creative activity to help foster traits such as empathy, selflessness, and kindness.

Valentines for Jeanne Geiger SMRebecca talked to the children about the Bright Space and explained the Valentine’s Day project. Some initial reactions from the class were to make a card for mom or dad, but as the discussion went a bit further, they decided that they would make one for a child at Bright Space, to cheer them up and let them know that someone cares about them.

“As the children completed their special card, I could see that many were taking this very seriously and put a lot of care into this project,” says Rebecca. “One comment from a child really was encouraging, as I felt that some were grasping the concept of empathy and acts of kindness. Emma said, ‘They can look at these when they are feeling sad.’”

“The project was a success, and I believe many of the kids got a lot out of it.”