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Pathways’ Virtual Volunteers Write Letters to Seniors Sheltering In


By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW Clinician & SADD Club Advisor for Pathways

The loss of being able to attend school in person has required students to adapt in multiple ways. In addition to having to figure out how to do classwork online, they lost all extracurricular activities, and the connection that comes with it.

We all know (and scientific studies bear out) that helping others helps people feel happier. It's also a wonderful way to develop a sense of community and connection.

In light of this, Pathways' two service clubs at Carteret High School, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and PALS (Partnering, Achieving, Leading, Supporting) joined forces to form a virtual volunteer group. Student leaders from this group began having virtual meetings in early April via Google Meet, and developed a plan for their first service project: a letter writing campaign to reach out and lift the spirits of senior citizens in nursing homes.

Nearly two dozen letters were submitted in one week -- absolutely beautiful, heartfelt letters written by Pathways students. These were then packaged up and provided to Arnold Walter Nursing Home and The Chelsea Assisted Living.
Student letters to senior citizens during the coronavirus lockdown.

A nurse from one of the facilities shared, "Our poor residents have been quarantined in their rooms for weeks, no family allowed to visit, it's really sad. This will be a great morale booster, thank you!"

This project was so meaningful for both the recipients and for our volunteers, that the student leaders have decided to do another letter writing campaign, this time writing letters to thank healthcare providers. This project is already underway, with several letters expressing deep appreciation having already been submitted.

Pathways School Based Youth Services Program provides virtual telehealth mental health services to the students of Carteret High school as well as virtual recreational groups, and resources via Google Classroom.

For more information, please contact Jeanne Neuwirth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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