A student-led committee, including those from Williams Field High School, are making efforts to unify this year's seniors to show appreciation to Arizona’s healthcare workers.
Williams Field student body president Halah Berglin and a few others helped organize a letter-writing campaign to give thanks to medical workers who are at the forefront of a pandemic that is leaving a mark on this generation.
Ms. Berglin is co-chairman of the service committee for the Facebook and Instagram group @AZClassof2020, a unity of student body presidents from across Arizona.
While many community members are giving thanks through social media, Ms. Berglin and fellow Black Hawk classmate Cadence Heiner wanted to do so in a more personal way: with pen and paper.
“Due to the virus attraction to paper, a struggle to find hospitals that would allow sent-in letters presented a challenge,” Ms. Berglin said.
Despite the challenge, Ms. Heiner shared the idea with a few of her contacts who work in hospitals. To her surprise, healthcare workers expressed their desire to receive as many thank you letters as students could write.
During the past several weeks, @AZClassof2020 asked students, teachers and families to write as many thank you letters as possible.
Ms. Berglin provided her address as the collection hub.
In total, 100 letters --- including 30 from Williams Field students --- were collected, Ms. Berglin said.
She and fellow students plan to deliver them to the nurses, doctors and medical professionals in the coming weeks.
“My hope, as well as the hopes of others I am working with, is to simply say 'thank you.' Nobody deserves the appreciation more right now,” Ms. Berglin wrote in an email. “Every day medical workers leave their families to save thousands. There are millions of people risking their lives to help those in need and sending these letters to medical workers is just the beginning. I’d love to reach out to essential workers that aren’t in the medical industry, as well, because they deserve appreciation and recognition.”
“I’m glad I can use my voice or good and encourage others to do the same,” she wrote.