Hudson Preschool students have a heart for Friendship Day


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

The students from Hudson Preschool are busy making a supply of bright red hearts adorned with positive messages which will be hung on the branches of a tree in front of Wyman United Church in time for Valentine’s Day. Passers-by are invited to help themselves to a heart of their choice to spread happiness throughout the community.

The kids at Hudson Preschool Centre (HPC) are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year by reaching out to all the members of the community.

“We call it Friendship Day, not Valentine’s Day,” said Francine Felx the centre’s director. “Each child will make a heart with a friendly personal message on it. All the hearts will be hung outside, on the branches of a tree, in front of the preschool in Wyman United Church yard on Main Road at the corner of Selkirk Street,” she said.

According to Felx, the goal of the project is to spread good feelings throughout the community by caring and sharing friendly messages with anyone who would like a positive, friendly thought in their day.

“This is an ongoing theme at our preschool,” said Felx. “At Christmas, we filled stockings with Halloween candy and gave them to the children at Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal.”

The children began making the hearts on Monday, February 5 and did a trial run of hanging them on the crabapple tree the following morning. “We’re planning to hang them up on Monday, February 12,” said Felx to avoid as much inclement weather as possible. Although the hearts are plasticized to protect them, she didn’t want to subject them to a snowstorm.

“Everyone is invited to pass by and pick a heart of his or her choice. We are hoping to spread good feelings to lots of people because we believe caring and sharing can make a difference in this world and we want our children to learn this as part of their moral development,” said Felx.

The Friendship Tree is in front of Wyman Memorial United Church, 513 Main Road, Hudson, J0P 1H0.

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