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Brother-Sister Duo Spark Idea for WBS Video to Thank the Superheroes in Scrubs at Kaleida Health

Two children on a couch A brother-sister duo from Windermere Boulevard Elementary had an idea that would help pick up the spirits of the healthcare workers at Kaleida, where their father, Andrew Bennett, works as the vice president of The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation.

 

Second-grader Adelaide Bennett and her younger brother Robert, a first grader, had the idea to make a video featuring hand-drawn messages telling healthcare workers how much they are appreciated. Adelaide started with her teacher, Aubrey Brodfuehrer and Robert started with his teacher Rebecca Walsh, to get the support of each of their classrooms. But then it got much bigger.

 

The two teachers put the request out to all staff in the school and the artwork started pouring in from all grade levels – kindergarten to fifth grade. The four-minute video, compiled by the library media specialist, features an introduction from Adelaide and Robert and then transitions to more than 115 students with signs of encouragement for essential workers.


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“The care and creativity the Windermere family has put into this project is heartwarming and uplifting for our teams,” said Andrew, who shared the video within Kaleida. “I am grateful for how our talking at home about the brave caretakers fighting the virus on the frontlines led to the kids creating this project. We are all so thankful for our nurses, doctors, environmental teams and first responders. They are real life superheroes.”

 

"We teach the character trait of gratitude and this is a great way for our students to show gratitude to the healthcare workers on the front lines," said Julie Flanagan, Windermere Boulevard Elementary School principal. "We encourage our students to always look for ways to support our community. I'm proud of our Windermere community of teachers, parents and students. It's one of the best."