Students at Johnson Elementary in Rockford, Illinois had a special Valentine’s Day celebration thanks to a heartwarming mission started by the staff in January. The school made a Facebook post asking for people to send valentines as part of a project called Hearts Around The World.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the staff and students at Johnson Elementary shared the progress of their mission to collect valentines. Kindergarten teacher Kaitlyn Graham explained that they received cards, photos, special gifts, and postcards from new friends and family across 13 countries and 48 states.
The teachers and students were overwhelmed by the support and feedback they received from their efforts. Teacher Tina Szymanski mentioned that the valentines they received were mostly from the students’ families, which made the experience even more special for them.
To track where the valentines came from, the teachers created a map in the kindergarten hallway and placed a heart sticker on the state or country from which each valentine was sent. They are still waiting to receive valentines from Rhode Island and Oklahoma before Feb. 14.
The entire experience has been a group effort and the staff at Johnson Elementary have been excited to watch the students open the valentines from around the world. The project has brought joy and excitement to the school’s Valentine’s Day celebration.