Student-Led Social Impact Lab Sends Cards & Artwork to Local Residents at Senior Living Community Residents!
Fourth grade students hosted a recent Hillbrook Social Impact Pop-up Lab on Google Meet where they rallied students school-wide to write letters, craft cards, and draw artwork to send to residents at The Terraces, a senior resident living community that neighbors Hillbrook School in Los Gatos.
This Impact Lab was inspired by the desire of many in our community to remain connected, especially to those in our local communities, as we continue to shelter in place. In adhering to social distancing best practices, many people across Silicon Valley have found themselves in isolation and grappling with ensuing loneliness as each week of the quarantine proceeds.
Hillbrook students jumped to action and started reaching beyond, and their letters and artwork are full of encouragement, light, and positivity that will be sure to touch the lives of their recipients.
"It’s nice thinking that we might have brought a smile to someone who is having a hard time," shares Drake, fourth grade, who teamed with his sister Sophie to spearhead the Impact Lab efforts.
The Hillbrook fourth grade class had a service learning trip planned to My New Red Shoes in Palo Alto, which was canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. The students who co-spearheaded this effort were intent on retaining some way to come together and serve the community, and we can't think of a better way for children to make connections and help out from home at this time. Says fourth grader Sophie, "I liked that I could find a way to be part of the solution. I was happy that I inspired my friends and helped make an impact on the community."
Scroll through the photo gallery to see some of the artwork (from Drake and Sophie, both '24, Devon '26, and Jackson '26) that are now on their way to The Terraces!