Cleveland has Hearts for Kids

March 4, 2014 

Students in Freda Caines’s class making Valentines for sick children on the front row are Alex Lipps, Ayden Boshart, Edward Tammaro, Andrew Holmes and Preston Copeland. On the second row are Chinonoso Nnani, McKenzie Williams, Nathan Luz, Alex Childress and Lauryn Estep. On the third row are Leah Strickland, Jacob Lindeen, Colton Anderson, Macie Creech, Lexi Stancil, McKinzie Brooks, Kristi Howell and Kristin Dodds. On the back row are Ava Hendrix, Ava Colpetzer and Carter Allen.


Cleveland Elementary students in Freda Caines’second-grade classroom recently made a collection of creative Valentines to be given to sick children in hospitals all over the eastern part of the state.

The cards were distributed on Valentine’s Day to the children in seven hospitals: UNC, Duke, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Pitt County Memorial, Wake Med, Rex and Betsy Johnson Memorial.

The project, known as “Hearts for Kids,” is organized by HIS Radio in Raleigh. This is the fifth year Caines’ class has participated in the effort, and last year HIS Radio collected 15,000 valentines for the sick children in the various hospitals.

“We are excited to be a small part of this project,” said Caines.

The Heart for Kids effort helps to ensure that every sick child who has to be in the hospital on Valentine's Day is not forgotten and does not miss out on the “fun” of the day.

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