Residents meet their COVID pen pals

Baptistcare Yallambee aged care residents in Mundaring near Perth have been writing to Year 12 students from Eastern Hills Senior High School since April this year after visitor restrictions hindered their plans.

The students had been planning to visit one-on-one with residents at the home every week and host residents at their school for an end-of-term lunch.

Instead 14 residents and 14 students exchanged about five letters each from April to September. East Hills Senior High School home economics teacher Debra Hawthorne said the idea for the pen pals was popular among the students, with more than 100 letters exchanged.

The students plan to continue to visit the residents in the future and Baptistcare Yallambee is planning to organise a similar program next year, Ms Ruggiero said.

Well done to our wonderful Eastern Hills students and Ms Hawthorne for a great Community Program ...