Greetings of Gratitude project honors local health, education and essential services workers in the midst of a pandemic

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Shalini Rana (front left) and Zoe Ance (fourth from left) of the Service Learning Initiative share greetings cards of gratitude with the staff at Chartwells.

Last October, the University of Arkansas Service Learning Initiative launched the “Greetings of Gratitude” project to honor local health, education and service essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the six-month project, local high school students, State University students, faculty and campus staff submitted more than 3,000 handwritten and typed thank you notes in English and French. Spanish to recognize those people who have worked hard to keep our campus and local community safe and functioning during this difficult time.

Throughout April, members of the Service Learning Initiative handed out on-campus cards to college accommodations, Chartwells Dining staff, facilities management, Pat Walker Health Center and the School of Nursing. Maps have also been delivered throughout Northwest Arkansas including town of Fayetteville, Mercy Hospital, Washington Regional Medical Center, Washington County Health Department, Butterfield Trail Village, Willard Walker Hospice Home, and local schools such as Fayetteville High and Leverett Elementary.

We thank the individuals of our college community and the greater community of Northwest Arkansas for their service during the pandemic. We also thank those who submitted thank you notes to express their appreciation.

Please visit the Service Learning Initiative on Facebook, Instagram and our website for more information on the Initiative.

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