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Messages of Love From Birch Lane

Students embraced the true meaning of Valentine’s Day at Birch Lane Elementary School and found creative ways to spread love to their friends and family.

In the week leading up to the holiday, third graders made scratch-off Valentine’s Day cards to share with their families during art classes with teacher Marissa Ballato. First, students wrote a message on a piece of white paper, then covered it with a piece of clear transfer tape. After that, they added a layer of gold paint. At home, the paint can be scratched off to reveal the message.

On Feb. 12, fifth graders took the annual tradition of giving each other Valentine’s Day card and moved it to a digital format for health and safety reasons. Teacher Casey Palmer created a Google Slides presentation, with page of blank hearts for each child. From their Chromebooks, students could then access the document and then write a Valentine’s Day message to everyone else in the class.

At the end of the day, Ms. Palmer gave each student a printout of his or her slide with all the positive messages written by classmates. She explained that the purpose of the activity was to remind students how small acts of kindness can make a big difference. 

First graders in Vanessa Apfelbaum’s class made kindness trees for their families. They decorated them with paper hearts and wrote positive messages on them, much like the popular candy hearts.