Saturday, September 24

Comsewogue Jr. Honor Society Students Work with Nursing Home Residents Isolated for Nearly a Year to Create Valentine’s Day Greetings


For many of the residents at Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing in Middle Island, the past year since the COVID-19 pandemic has meant no visitors and less socialization. But a group of J.F. Kennedy Middle School Junior Honor Society students wanted to change that and let the residents know that they were not forgotten this Valentine’s Day.

The 8th Grade students were “matched” with a resident and worked with them to create a Valentine’s Day card to send to their families. Students sent residents cards that are “near completion” and the residents then gave them some finishing touches with the help of Quantum’s recreation staff.

“This intergenerational project was such a wonderful way for the residents to know that they have not been forgotten,” said Steven Lewis RN LNHA at Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing. “We are so thankful to the teachers and student at Comsewoque J.F.K. Middle School for their efforts.”

J.F. Kennedy Middle School teachers Stephen McSweeney and Jaclyn passes served as advisors to the Junior Honor Society Club.

J.F.K. Middle School student Natalia Pashkin participated in the project, saying “It was great to be able to put a smile on the residents’ faces and help them connect with their families during these hard times.”

Resident Patricia Castro, said she thoroughly enjoyed creating a card for her family.

“I was upset that I wasn’t going to be home for Valentine’s Day, but this made me feel part of it. When my family got it they were absolutely thrilled,” Castro said.

J.F. Kennedy Middle School is located in Port Jefferson Station and is in the Comsewoque School District.


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