Letters with Love - An Intergenerational Letter Writing Project
During the height of the pandemic we saw communities across Quebec coming together to support people staying at home to protect themselves from COVID-19. Since April 2020, hundreds of letters from young people have been sent to offer emotional support. Sharing kind words and helping people know that they are in our hearts.
Even though the nature of the pandemic has changed, we invite young people from communities across Quebec to write friendly letters and create art work to send to seniors and vulnerable people isolated from friends and family, and the caregivers that support them.
LEARN and ELAN have adapted Semer le Bonheur resources for the English Speaking Community of Quebec.
Benefits for the Student Writers
Invoke empathy and compassion in youth
To think of others in need
To take time to help a stranger
To engage in a concrete writing situation for an authentic audience
To learn and practice the letter writing format
Benefits for the Letter Recipients
To decrease the feeling of isolation
To feel that they are not forgotten by society
To feel the warmth of a personal message
To reminisce about childhood memories
To take a break by enjoying a students’ message and illustration
Students, seniors and teacher speaking about their experience exchanging letters with love.
Video produced by Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Cultural Committee