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Students Write Get Well Cards for People in Coronavirus Quarantine

Instead of letting the news about the virus get them down, a group of students decided to spread kindness. When elementary school students in Columbus, NE heard that people from all over the country were being quarantined at a nearby hospital after being on a cruise ship where an outbreak occurred, they decided to do something kind and encouraging. The group of 43 fourth, fifth and sixth graders at St. Anthony Home and School gathered some arts supplies and got to work crafting get-well cards for each of the patients being held under quarantine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Charlotte Beran, the students' teacher, sent the cards to UNMC and let the staff know that a special package was on the way. "We just want them to know Nebraskans are good people," she told the Columbus Telegram. The staff and patients were so touched by the students' kind gesture that they posted about it on the Nebraska Medicine Facebook page. Carl Goldman, one of the quarantined patients who tested positive for Covid-19, even wrote about the sweet act of kindness on his website. "This evening we were given a bunch of 'Get Well' cards from elementary school children at St. Anthony School in Columbus, Nebraska, about 90 miles from Omaha," Goldman wrote. "One must have known I love humor, especially Nebraska humor." Goldman went on to describe one of the cards he got from a student named Sydney. The card featured a drawing of an ear of corn, along with a joke that read, "What did the corn say when the farmer asked a question?" The follow-up on the inside of the card read, "I'm all ears." Goldman said that he'll treasure the cards for "a long, long time." Beran is currently teaching the students about the Catholic Church sacraments, specifically the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, so the project fit well with the subject matter. While the students weren't required to write the cards, Beran encouraged them to participate so they could feel like they were doing something to help, especially with scale of the crisis being so massive. "Sometimes students don't realize the little things they do can make a big difference in people's lives," the school's principal Amy Sokol said. "Hopefully they can see they made a big difference."

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