Ocean City Today

OCES students skip recess to send smiles to sick kids

By Kara Hallissey | Feb 22, 2018

(Feb. 23, 2018) For the second year, Fourth graders at Ocean City Elementary School are participating in “Sending Smiles,” a nonprofit that sends postcards to hospitalized children.

Their mission is to send messages of hope to sick children and their families, in addition to helping them smile while they recover.

School counselor Linda McGean said the program encourages empathy and service to others.

“We choose students with potential who want to do better,” McGean said. “The students make a commitment during recess once a week. It is making a difference with our children.”

Students are encouraged to decorate, write poems or a joke, and color in the pictures before the postcards are sent to sick children in the hospital.

McGean said 500 postcards have been sent out so far this school year.

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