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One Good Thing: Nechako Elementary kids create a 9-foot hug for frontliners

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See this? It’s a giant hug. How big? Nine feet, to be precise. Now that’s a big hug!

But it has to be big. That’s because it was designed to hug all the frontliners–nurses, doctors and hospital staff–who have been working throughout the pandemic to take care of everyone.

The hug was created by a grade 3/4 class at Nechako Elementary School in Kitimat, British Columbia in Canada.

“We wanted to take action and share some kindness with our community,” says the class’s teacher, Tom Wilkinson.

The hug is being displayed in a hallway in the school’s local hospital. There, it will be seen by all of the nurses, doctors and many other workers who come to work there every day.

It will also hug some other important people who will soon be walking by it to get their vaccines: kids aged 5 to 11 who have recently been approved to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Some of those kids may be a little nervous about getting the jab. The hug on the wall will help them to remember that they’re not alone and that everything will be okay.

Now that’s a pretty great hug. And it’s One Good Thing.

The Kitimat Northern Sentinel also wrote an article about the Nechako school’s giant hug: https://www.northernsentinel.com/news/display-created-to-show-support-for-frontline-workers/

a paper hug on the window of a hospital
Photo: Tom Wilkinson