- Special Education
During the month of March, students throughout the Orange-Ulster BOCES Division of Special Education participated in an extensive community service project called “Operation Send a Senior a Smile”.
Students ages 5-21 created artwork and cards for homebound seniors throughout Orange County. The Orange County Office for the Aging Home Delivered Program then distributed the items.
“Students wrote words of kindness, encouragement and inspiration to uplift the senior’s spirits,” said Special Education Transition Coordinator Sara Puccio. “Their cheerful and spring-themed artwork are sure to bring smiles to many.”
A student named Karina wrote: “You are never too old to set another goal – or – to dream a new dream!” Emma sent hugs and the following message: “I just wanted to say that you are beautiful and bright and there are so many reasons to be happy.”
Cyd’s card gave this advice: “When life gives you a hundred reasons to break down and cry, show life that you have a million reasons to smile and laugh. Stay strong.”
Programs throughout the Division of Special Education participated by creating hundreds of handmade cards and artwork.
“Our older adults who received these beautiful cards were thrilled,” said Office for the Aging Director AnnMarie Maglione. “Loneliness and isolation are an everyday concern for many, and the pandemic has only heightened this issue. The cards filled with well wishes, encouragement and love brought smiles and laughter. We appreciate the kindness and concern the students bestowed to their older neighbors.”