Each little action counts

WORKING on the theory that sometimes the smallest acts of kindness mean the most, the students at Prairiewood High School played the Easter bunny's little helpers at Braeside Hospital last week.

It was the third consecutive year they've done this.

Teacher Ingrid Marchant said the idea was sparked by the school's sport council.

She said it was so successful it became an annual event.

"We have many students and staff who have had families in Braeside, so it seemed appropriate to ask them if they wanted to participate," Ms Marchant.

She said she enjoyed seeing the joy in the students' faces as they gave out Easter eggs to patients.

"The students realise that each little thing you do does count and makes a huge difference," she said.

"Students become emotional with the reality of Braeside, but also become emotional from the experience and reaction from the patients who are so grateful and overwhelmed.

"A family member of a patient was so overwhelmed with the student's generosity she hugged a student, who said it was one of the best feelings."

"We had another student take the time to sit down and have a chat in Vietnamese with a patient. She felt she could relate to the patient and was extremely glad she was bilingual and could have that opportunity."

Ms Marchant organises the egg drive with Jarred Hodges who runs the sport council.

"As mentors, we try to teach the students that each thing you do in life counts. For example, if a student in the school donates one egg towards Braeside it makes a difference in the wider community," she said.

"This helps turn them into community role models. They represent the whole school at Braeside, not because they are the sport council, but because all of the school contributes to this Easter Egg Drive."

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