This season is a time to reflect upon the blessings we have and to think of others who may not be feeling their best during the Holidays.
One of the focuses in Alvin ISD is to ensure that students are well-rounded citizens, meaning that they do not only perform well academically, but are also responsible, respectful, and above all, caring.
Late in November, Angela Riggs, manager of food and nutrition services at Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, contacted Alvin ISD to invite the elementary school students to decorate the hospital placemats with “get well” and “happy holidays” wishes. The Alvin ISD Communications Department contacted the elementary art teachers and they immediately offered to make accommodations to include this project into their lessons plans.
“Art speaks to all, especially during the Holidays. Giving Hood-Case Elementary art students the opportunity to show compassion, empathy, and joy through creative design is an excellent way to involve students in a fantastic community project,” said Melanie Valdez, art teacher at Hood Case Elementary.
The final result was 850 beautifully decorated placemats that Alvin ISD students made for the patients at Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital.
“It made me feel good to decorate the placemat for the hospital because I like to make people feel happy,” said Colt Nolan, 3rd grader at Hood-Case Elementary.
“We really love the Alvin ISD Partnership with Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, and the opportunity given to our students to show care and compassion for others through art,” said Ana Pasarella, Alvin ISD family engagement coordinator.
“We’re grateful for the students in Alvin ISD who have taken the time to decorate these placemats,” said Riggs at Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital.