Chesterfield school pupils spread cheer to residents amid coronavirus doom and gloom

A Chesterfield school has been helping to put smiles on people’s faces during the coronavirus crisis.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 9:08 pm

Last week, year three pupils at Highfield Hall Primary School in Newbold drew brightly-coloured pictures of rainbows, animals, sunshine and hearts.

The drawings were all put together and then made into a wonderful card by their teacher Emily Sullivan.

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Around 200 of the cards were printed – and pupils delivered them to people living in the Newbold area last Thursday.

Ms Sullivan said: “The children took precautions, such as washing their hands regularly, and they all really enjoyed getting out and about to help spread some cheer during what is a very difficult time for a lot of people.

“The feedback has been so very positive.

“Elderly people came to their doorsteps with their cards and shouted to us ‘you’ve made my day!’

“We also heard from an NHS worker who said the card was ‘just what I needed to see’.

“It’s nice to be nice – and the children can be satisfied that they’ve made a positive difference in the community during these testing times.”

Like schools across the whole of the UK, Highfield Hall is currently closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus – and is only open to look after the children of ‘key workers’ and vulnerable children.

Ms Sullivan described it as a ‘difficult’ time but said everyone within the school community was remaining positive.