Happy Hearts

Oakhurst Elementary School kindergartners jumped on the bandwagon this week, joining in the Heart to Heart Valentine’s project, where students make valentines for children at Valley Children’s Hospital.

Youngsters created the valentines using pre-cut hearts in pink, red, blue and purple, gobs of glue and sprinkles of glitter, and then wrote their first names inside. Reviewing the final product, each seemed proud of their unique artistic handiwork, hoping to bring smiles to the young recipients.

“The kindergartners hope that the fancy valentines they made will help the children in the hospital feel happy,” teacher Anne Guynn said.

This marks the third year hundreds of student-made valentines will be delivered to VCH, courtesy of the Brooks family, who came up with the idea in 2012. That first year, the family made 400 on their own as a home-project. Then mother, Natasha, decided to involve other OES students.

“It all started with a hope to teach my kids (Ian, 9, Sierra, 7, and Louie, 2) how to be kind, thoughtful and care for others. I wanted to give them the opportunity to experience the joy of giving. It is such an amazing feeling to do something with love and to know that a little valentine and a piece of candy can make a child’s day in the hospital a little brighter,” Natasha explained. “Thank you so much to all who participated in this project and helped us out. A little act of kindness goes a long way and makes this world just a little bit better.”

The valentines and candy will be dropped off for the children, Feb. 11.