Hunter Elementary School 4th learn the value of caring for others

Published: May. 9, 2022 at 5:20 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Hunter Elementary School 4th graders are taking the community by storm with random acts of kindness, as we learned during our visit with some of the students after their most recent trip to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Fourth grade teacher Jade Hajdukovich is the brains behind the operation which is teaching children the importance of giving back at a young age.

Hajdukovich says, “We needed to focus more on kindness and supporting our community, and supporting each other and what that looks like, and this was kind of my way of doing that.”

The first group of her students were able to visit Fairbanks Memorial Hospital to bring the patients and health care workers uplifting cards and posters made especially for them to say ‘thank you.’

Student Josephine Herbert said, “We made some cards for the kids. It was part of the hospital community.”

Another student, John Gatierre says, “It was really fun to see a bunch of them like smiling and stuff.”

The visit to FMH was only the first of several good deeds the students plan to do. Hajdukovich explained that she wanted the students to learn the goodness of giving back to others. “It’s a big community project, we’re doing five different places with five different groups in our classroom.”

Their upcoming service projects will include donations and volunteer work at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter, Alaska State Troopers, and Anderson elementary - a school on Eielson Air Force base that will be closing soon.

Hajdukovich says, “It’s not just my class that’s doing these really amazing things; we have classes all [through] our school that have been collecting money for events all year - so keep your eyes open for things that are happening like that, or even reach out to schools and see if there’s some way you can help.”

In their unique way, these children are making big differences in our community and for future generations.

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