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Messages of hope: London students aim to make a difference this Christmas

Writing and sending Christmas cards might be a waning tradition, but a group of London public school students is hoping to rekindle what some may argue is a dying art in the digital age by sending handwritten Christmas cards to local seniors.

Students in Lara Shkylnik's grade eight class are writing Christmas cards to seniors

These Christmas cards were handmade by teacher Lara Shkilnyk's grade eight class at Prince Charles Public School in London's Highbury Ave and Brydges Ave area. (Lara Shkilnyk)

Writing and sending Christmas cards might be a waning tradition, but a group of London public school students is hoping to rekindle what some may argue is a dying art in the digital age, by sending handwritten Christmas cards to local seniors. 

Lara Shkylnik, a grade eight teacher at Prince Charles Public School told CBC News Friday she decided to get her students involved after discussing ways people can give back at Christmas time with a family friend. 

She said when she asked her class whether they had sent or received the cards, she was surprised by the most common answer. 

"When talking to my students about Christmas cards, many of them had written them, but receiving them was far and few in-between," she said. 

'It's meant a lot to me' 

The cards, which are handmade by the students will be sent to seniors living at Middlesex Terrance, a nursing home in Delaware, a small bedroom community on London's eastern rim. 

"On this day I'm sending you this card to wish you a special day filled with love, happiness and good memories," grade eight student Weston Myles wrote. 

Myles told CBC News he hopes the simple message will be well received by whoever opens it. 

"It's meant a lot to me to be able to send these cards to people who might not have family or anybody to get gifts from," he said.

"These cards are a way to make them feel better on the holidays when they might not have anyone to help them out. 

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