At World of Learning, we’re all doing our bit to lighten the load and brighten the lives of our community adjusting to the new normal of social distancing and self-isolation.
The Rainbow Trail that has taken off around Australia has seen many creative ways to bring some colour to our World of Learning.
At Geelong, centre staff created a beautiful balloon rainbow for children and passers-by to enjoy while in Adelaide, children at Colonel Light Gardens have been making a colourful banner with handprints to display on the front fence. There’s been a focus, too, on little things to lift the spirits including a bundle of Pick Me Up treats in the foyer and dress-up days with a focus on “What makes me happy”.
Punchbowl World of Learning in Sydney has also created a rainbow display to spread the love and joy while also making a contribution to families doing it tough sending home books, activities and excess food for families and making purees for babies to take home.
Community spirit abounds at our Golden Grove centre in Adelaide, with donations being made to The Village Co, a not-for-profit that creates packs of essential items for new mums. In the centre, a “take what you need, give what you can” pantry swap is helping out families who have suddenly found themselves without a job.
Granville’s community pantry is also proving a hit with Sydney families, stocked with items that can be hard to find in local stores right now.
At World of Learning Springvale children have been busy sending thank you cards to local hospitals, police and ambulance centres, in appreciation of their efforts on the front line. And to make sure that children who are self-isolating at home can also stay in touch, story time is read via Zoom at 10.30am each morning.
In a beautiful gesture to remind us all that there is sunshine and hope at the end of this crisis, one of the Golden Grove staff members is giving away sunflower seeds with instructions on how to grow them. Her message is one that we can all take to heart: “Please feel free to take a sunflower seed and plant some sunshine in the dark.”
What are you doing to spread kindness and show others that you are thinking of them at this time? We’d love to hear your stories.