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Students share their love

Park students revive a club that gives letters to kids in need
Owen McColgan
Sophomore Madison Hass makes letters Feb. 16. The Letters of Love club is a new club that makes cards for children in the hospital.

Park’s sophomores brought back a club to support kids struggling in hospitals. The club started by previous students but then discontinued, Letters of love creates thoughtful letters and fun pictures, giving the kids hope and even a good laugh. The club meets twice a month and the students get into groups, enjoy snacks and let their imagination take over.

Sophomore and Co-President Maggie Tight said she wanted to continue a legacy of a former student after the club was discontinued.

“My sister’s friend really inspired me to start it because she used to run the Letters of Love club here, and it got shut down during COVID,” Tight said. “So, I wanted to kind of carry that and I found it seemed like a really fun thing for our school to do.”

Junior Sarah Tirado said she was inspired to join because it would be an enjoyable time and it was something new.

“I wanted to join because I thought that it would be fun to help them out and I think it’s a good opportunity,” Tirado said.

Tight said the way the club works is that everyone meets and creates cards. After that, she sends them to the headquarters to be distributed.

“Essentially, many people come together and we have card making materials and you make cards with words of encouragement and funny jokes and like drawings,” Tight said. And then I’ll take them home and I will send them to a P.O. box and then they get sent to Letters of Love Global which disperse them to kids in hospitals.”

Sophomore Addison Volding recommends Letters of Love to others because it’s a good cause.

“I think it’s a good opportunity and it’s a really nice way to help out kids who are in the hospital and make them feel thought about,” Volding said.

Tirado said imagination and putting yourself in the kids shoes goes into making the letters.

“You have to think about what you think the kids will want to hear and do it in a creative way. So it’s kind of fun for them,” Tirado said.

Tight’s goals for the future of Letter of Love is to pass it on future classes, and watch it grow.

“I would like to keep it going once I graduate and the rest of us graduate. I really want to expand the club and have more people in because we only had a few meetings, there are less people,” Tight said.

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Hi, my name is Ryan. I am a Junior and this is my first year on the Echo staff. I look forward to learning how to be a journalist. I play baseball and hockey and love to go out and do new things with friends.
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Hi. My name is Owen and I’m a Junior. I play hockey for the school. In my free time I like to hang with my friends and listen to music. This is my second year doing echo and I am looking forward to helping with sports.

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