Letters of Love starts strong

Prompting many people to attend the first meeting

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Grace Schultz

Seniors Ava Bishop, Lola Ruff and Hannah Odland create cards for sick children during the first meeting of the new club Letters of Love 12/19/19. The club took inspiration from similar clubs from Orono High School.

Colin Canaday and Harris Keekley

Letters of Love, a new student-run club dedicated to writing letters to sick children, has a successful first meeting.

Senior Maggie Klaers, the founder of Letters of Love at Park, said she is excited to provide new opportunities and an overall positive experience to students.

“Letters of Love is a club that gives students at Park the opportunity to write letters to sick kids at Children’s (Hospital),” Klaers said. “Our meetings consist of people meeting in Mr. Hartman’s room, and we supply all of the things that you would need to make a card like paper, markers, stickers, anything that would be fun for the kids to see.”

According to Klaers, the idea of Letters of Love came from a club under the same name at Orono.

“A girl named Grace started the club last year in honor of her mom who passed away from cancer, and she said she did it to give these kids the things she wished she had when her mom was sick. It is a way to let kids know there is a community supporting them, even if they don’t know them,” Klaers said.

This particular project is a nice thing to do for kids that are struggling this time of year and they don’t get a lot (of attention) from people so it’s nice to know that other people are thinking about them”

— Zach Segal

Junior Zach Segal said the club is a great way to spread cheer to those who need it.

“This particular project is a nice thing to do for kids that are struggling this time of year and they don’t get a lot (of attention) from people so it’s nice to know that other people are thinking about them,” Segal said.

Senior Lola Ruff said she thinks it’s important to include everybody in the celebration of the holidays.

“It’s important to bring holiday cheer to those not only in school but out of it as well,” Ruff said.

According to Klaers, while this club is very important, it will still have difficulty establishing itself for monthly meetings.

“We’re hoping to do something roughly once a month, but since things are expensive to supply, it will depend on whether we can do a fundraiser or that type of thing,” Klaers said.

The next event for Letters of Love is 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at The Profile Event Center for the Letters of Love Gala.