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Woodroffe HS staff help Carlingview Manor residents and care workers

Woodroffe HS staff help Carlingview Manor residents and care workers
Posted on 05/11/2020
Woodroffe HS staff help Carlingview Manor residents and care workers

Woodroffe High School staff are working to help residents and staff of Ottawa long-term care home Carlingview Manor, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woodroffe High School is not far from the home and has developed a close relationship over the years. Through various partnerships, the school’s general learning program, co-operative education, English language learner program, and social science classes have all interacted with residents and Carlingview staff, creating a community bond and benefiting from rich experiential learning opportunities.

Led by teacher Wendy Gunter-Woods, staff members created the Woodroffe Helps Carlingview Fund to support residents and care workers.

Raising more than $1300, the Woodroffe team purchased drugstore items for residents and healthy snacks for staff working under an extremely challenging situation. They also sewed scrub caps and face masks.

In addition, Woodroffe staff members have begun planning for a long-term student project to donate an outdoor memorial to Carlingview, in honour of those who died to COVID-19.

 In a letter of support sent to Carlingview on behalf of students and staff of Woodroffe High School, they wrote, “Woodroffe High School’s staff and students have benefited greatly from the staff and residents at Carlingview Manor, by sharing life experiences, wisdom, and sustaining a common culture of caring and respect. … Our thoughts—and actions—are steadfast behind the frontline workers and residents at Carlingview Manor, and we wish you continued grace, courage, and hope as you collectively navigate this exceptionally difficult period.”

The actions of Woodroffe HS staff come in addition to efforts taken by OCDSB students and staff across Ottawa-Carleton to show their support for essential workers through the COVID-19 emergency. The board has launched a #ThankYouFromOCDSB campaign to collect letters, photos, artwork and videos from students with thank you messages. So far, more than 300 pieces have been submitted, which have been shared with area hospitals and local organizations. 

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