Appleton students send love to Louisiana

Appleton students send love to Louisiana
Posted on 09/02/2021
"to a louisiana friend" written on a piece of paper

Grand Junction, CO - It was supposed to be a gesture to bring cheer to their fourth-grade teacher’s friends and family in Louisiana. But it turned into so much more.

Alora McCormick’s class at Appleton Elementary School knew that she grew up in Louisiana and that her entire family still lives there. So, this Monday, after their teacher let them know that Hurricane Ida had hit her hometown hard, they decided to write letters of love and support. With roads damaged, there was no guarantee that the letters would make it to Louisiana by mail, so Ms. McCormick posted them on her Facebook page. Within the first hour, she had 80 shares and was surprised and content to make 80 people feel a little bit better during a tough time.

By the next morning, however, that love had spread farther than she ever expected - the post with the Appleton students’ letters had 1,000 shares. By Wednesday, it had 2,000 shares.

“Now I know that over 2,000 people are seeing that and sharing the letters and reading them to their families,” Ms. McCormick said. “I think it's pretty amazing just how that one act of kindness really impacted so many people in such a positive way.”

Her class was ecstatic, of course, and can’t wait to see where all the letters will be seen. Ms. McCormick said she has received messages from Louisiana principals asking to share the letters with their students, and she has heard from people in almost every parish in her home state saying her students’ kind words are motivating them to get up and start the hard work of salvaging what is left of their homes and communities.

“At Appleton, there's already such a strong sense of family and support. It's just nice to branch it out across the United States and know we're spreading that love.”

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