Students spend recess indoors, writing 'get well soon'

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For most schools, days like Friday are much too cold for recess. That's why kids are staying indoors at Manz Elementary in Eau Claire, but the bitter cold isn’t keeping these kids from warming people’s hearts.

The students are using their time to make “get well” cards for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System.

“This is a teddy bear and I hope somebody who gets this card will feel better soon,” said 3rd grader Anna Blohowiak who colored a picture of a bear, writing “Get Well Soon!”

Blohowiak’s friend Greta Steines says she knows the feeling of receiving a “get well” card from someone.

“Sometimes when I feel sick my neighbor just comes over and give me a picture or a get well card and it makes me feel happy,” said Steines.

Last week, 400 pictures were colored and delivered.

“With the temperatures being so cold outside, the kids have an opportunity to color pictures for the people in the hospital and they can just take these and color them and write a note on them and wish them well and hopefully that'll brighten someone’s day,” said Val Logan, the partnership coordinator at Manz Elementary.

As food gets prepared for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System, there’s a special topping on top of it all – the “get well” pictures from the students.

Tami Miller is recovering from surgery. While holding back tears, she said the words of well wishes the students send are much appreciated.

“It’s a very nice thing they’re doing,” Miller said. “Coming from a child, it’s very uplifting. Their work is going to bring smiles to a lot of faces.”
Logan said the students will continue to make the “get well” pictures during days-in when it’s too cold and rainy days come spring time.

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