Nicola-Canford students bring Valentine's Day to elders

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Students at Nicola-Canford Elementary school in Lower Nicola were doing their best to spread the love on Valentine’s Day, despite the impacts of a global pandemic.

“As part of the mental health work that we are doing to support our students during this difficult time, we are helping them to find ways to give to others who may be less fortunate than we are,” said Nicola-Canford principal Burt Bergmann.

“With the COVID protocols in place in our school, we have been unable to invite in the local elders that typically join us in the building and connect with our students. Although we have had many of them join us via Zoom, we have missed the in-person contact that we value so highly. We know that our elders also miss connecting with the kids, so we decided to share our love, respect and thanks for our elders in an effort to encourage them as they have become increasingly isolated due to the pandemic.”

To show that they were still thought of and appreciated, and to ensure that no elder missed out on celebrating a day renowned for displays of love and affection, students were busy making Valentine’s Day cards and crafts.

These heartfelt gifts were then delivered to elders of the Lower Nicola Indian Band.

“We value our elders, we value the work they do, and we want to encourage them in any way that we can,” Bergmann continued.

“We miss them and want them to know we look forward to the day that they can join us back in the building.”

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald