The school's Ambassadors create Valentine's Day note cards for people in the Meals-on-Wheels program
by: Jaime valdez, MANY HANDS MAKE QUICK WORK — Yasmene Banash (left) and Alexa Thornton work on note cards that are a Valentine’s Day present for recipients of the Meals-on-Wheels program.

TIGARD - Thanks to the efforts of Templeton Elementary School's Ambassadors, seniors who are beneficiaries of the Loaves and Fishes' Meals-on-Wheels program got a special surprise along with their meatloaf on Valentine's Day.

Students in the school's Ambassadors program met twice after school recently to create stationary for the shut-ins to use.

Students decorated note cards, some with seasonal themes and others with designs of their own choosing, and included envelopes so the homebound seniors can mail them to friends and family without having to go to a store.

The school also held a coin drive to collect money that was used to purchase stamps to go along with the note cards and envelopes to save the seniors a trip to the post office, according to school counselor Nancy Ferguson.

'The Ambassadors are our leadership program, and this is a community-service project for them,' she said.

Thirty-five kids created 35 packages of 10 note cards each over the two days of the project, according to Ferguson.

'They worked really hard on them and thought about what the people would want to see on the cards,' she said. 'I contacted (director) Karen Gardner at the senior center, and she was excited about the project.'

The Ambassadors were told that they could bring a friend along to help at the work sessions, and many did, according to Ferguson.

'It was such a diverse group of kiddos,' she said.

The art supplies needed for the project were paid for by a grant for after-school activities, according to Ferguson.

The project was made more fun by fourth-fifth-grade teacher Melanie Bailey, who taught the kids how to use mat and string to create beautiful effects on their cards, Ferguson said.

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