Emergency workers in the St George area received special deliveries from pupils at a local primary school recently, just to show they were appreciated during COVID-19.
Pupils from St Mary's Star of the Sea Primary School in Hurstville put together 'gratitude packages' consisting of handwritten letters and sweets for workers at St George Police Area Command, and Emergency Departments at St George, Bankstown-Lidcombe and Canterbury hospitals, and a teacher delivered them personally.
In one of the letters, Andreas in Year 2 wrote: "Thank you for helping keep our community safe. We know we all need to do the right thing to stay safe. We are grateful for all you do."
Deborah Blair, Assistant Principal, said the initiative was led by Year 6 pupils who are involved in the Pope Francis Award - a service award for catholic schools - as well as the school's student leaders.
She said the letters and gifts were a way to show emergency services personnel that they were appreciated, at a time when many people were pandemic-fatigued.
"Last year there was a lot of 'finding the silver lining' in the media but this time it seems people are a bit COVID-tired," Ms Blair said.
"We wanted to lift spirits and give the children the opportunity to pursue some of their Pope Francis service hours.
"The silver linings are still there."
She said the children - sons and daughters of essential workers who weren't able to teach their kids from home - were "so excited" to put together the gratitude packs for the police and hospital workers.
St George Police thanked the children for the kind gesture.
"It means a lot to police here at St George when they receive handwritten letters from local kids thanking them for the work they do," said A/Superintendent Robert Allison.
"Speaking to some of the officers it lifts their spirits to know our young citizens appreciate their efforts."
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