Students advocate for literacy and mental health while showing support for frontline workers
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Fostering literacy and supporting mental health during the pandemic are the twin outcomes of a student project to deliver motivational letters written by children to frontline health-care workers.

Working with elementary school teachers, and with the support of a Rising Youth Grant from the federal government, a group of Brock University students organized the ‘COVID Campaign.’ They created an online form and invited children from elementary schools in Niagara and Halton to compose letters of support and gratitude for frontline workers with the support of their teachers.

The letters were printed, assembled into booklets and turned over to Joseph Brant Hospital. They are now in staff rooms for workers to peruse when in need of a word of encouragement during the intense pressure of the pandemic.

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“I have been fortunate enough to be taught by great professors who have shaped my view of the world and challenged me to think about the social impacts and privileges of my actions in everyday life.”
Annilea Purser
Political Science student, Brock University
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