In an age where fast-paced digital communication has become the norm, a group of QAHS students have taken a step back to embrace the art of traditional letter writing. This unique initiative, known as "Letters to the Elderly," is a project driven by compassion, empathy, and a desire to connect with those who might feel left behind in our modern world.
Comprising of 54 students across Year 10 and 11, this IB Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) group is now into its third year, embarking on a journey to bridge the generation gap and forge heartfelt connections with the elderly in our community. Each student has dedicated themselves to writing a personal letter, filled with warmth and kindness, to a senior citizen.
For many of the senior citizens, these letters have become a cherished source of companionship and a tangible connection to the younger generation.
Participating in this project has not only provided the students with a platform to practice kindness and compassion but has also enriched their personal growth. They've gained insights into the lives and perspectives of the elderly, fostering a deeper understanding of empathy, patience, and the importance of human connection.
Through reflective journaling, students have been documenting their experiences, lessons learned, and the emotional impact of this experience. This not only fulfills the reflective aspect of the CAS program but also encourages a lifelong commitment to community service and personal development.
With the "Letters to the Elderly" initiative, our students have demonstrated that even in an age dominated by technology, the power of the written word can still touch hearts and bridge generations.