Helping Healthcare Workers: A Student Service Project

During his Junior year, Logan, a saxophone section leader in his high school’s marching band, traveled to Orlando, FL with WorldStrides Performing Arts. He describes this trip as “a once in a lifetime experience. I had the opportunity to show some leadership, commitment, and responsibility while far away from home. It prepared me for my leadership position in band this year and beyond.”

His leadership and commitment didn’t end there – as part of his trip, Logan was also enrolled in a WorldStrides Service Learning course. The course focuses on students completing a service project of their own design. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Logan knew what his project would be: helping healthcare workers stay positive! Here are some of the ways Logan worked towards helping essential workers during this unprecedented time.

Writing Cards to Nurses in NYC

4 cards on table for nurses in NYC. Lower left says "stay strong"

Activity: These notes were sent to New York City nurses on the front line taking care of COVID-19 patients.
Significance: During their most stressful and trying time, I hope I made them smile and realize they are appreciated.

Writing Cards to Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Collection of cards on countertop

Activity: These notes were sent to healthcare workers and first responders through Operation Gratitude.
Significance: The mental health of the people who serve us during COVID-19 is really important. I had another chance to help send positive messages.

Making T-Shirts for Front-Line Health Care Workers

Teenage boy using printer

Activity: Making t-shirts for healthcare workers took many steps over several days, especially for the number of shirts made.
Significance: My parents had been tested for COVID-19. The nurses who test patients for hours at a time are at risk daily. I wanted to thank them.

The Process of Making T-Shirts

Teenage boy cutting designs for t-shirts

Activity: I designed a pattern and cut it on the Cricut. I used a tool called a weeder to prepare the pattern for the shirts. I then ironed my pattern onto the t-shirts over several days. The finished t-shirts were delivered to three local hospitals.
Significance: Locally, I had been hearing about cases of COVID-19 at a local hospital. I made some shirts for their nurses in the ICU. Before the pandemic, I had volunteered at another local hospital. Since I was not able to do my usual duties, I hoped to support the nurses in a different way. I am safe and comfortable at home, while many people put their lives on the line for the community. Heroes do wear scrubs!

Teenage boy printing designs onto t-shirts
Teenage boy holding up a heroes wear scrubs tshirt

Logan completed thirty hours of community service working on this effort, and while he received a certificate of completion for his efforts, he also earned our praise! Thank you, Logan, for your hard work and dedication to such an impactful service project.

Article written by Nikki Fabrizio

Nikki Fabrizio
Nikki creates content and enjoys highlighting the exuberance of experiential learning. In her free time you can find her traveling, hiking and practicing circus arts.