ROXBURY, NJ - Although school isn’t in session due to the health-related school closure from COVID-19, the Nixon School Early Act Club is continuing its outreach efforts.

Nixon Early Act is composed of third and fourth graders at Nixon School who do things to help the community, said club advisor Kerry Hamberger. "Some of our projects this year ... have been for Veteran’s Day, when we did our collection for veterans, and we’ve done a collection for the Roxbury Food Pantry," she said.

Hamberger and the students "had to come up with something" that could be done while the school buildings are closed. "The club came up with the idea to write letters to the Merry Heart Nursing Home since they cannot have visitors,” she said.

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She and three student members of the club talked about the project and how the Roxbury community could take part.

“People can get very sick at this time, and we want to brighten their days - as they’re alone - and we don’t want them to be sad about it," said third-grader Carissa Wilson. "We want to put happy thoughts in their minds."

Wilson made a card for her mail carrier, who responded with a note. It said, "Carissa, thank you so much for the kind words. This card made my day. Thank you for the support.”

Wilson said getting the note made her feel happy because she had "cheered somebody up."

Fourth-grader Cyan Venos already had a picture ready to go, and she shared with her classmates as something they could do. “I did a [rainbow] painting and I put on it 'Be Well' for Wellness Day," she said.

She already had a stamped envelope ready to be sent to Merry Heart.

Early Act is encouraging the Nixon community to send completed pictures and cards to the attention of Irma, the Activity Director at Merry Heart, and mail them to Merry Heart Nursing Home, 200 Route 10 West, Succasunna, NJ 07876.

“We should send our pictures to Merry Heart to show our Huskie Pride,” said third-grader Sam Martin.

Nixon’s Early Act has a backup plan in place for those students and families who can’t mail their picture or card to Merry Heart, said Nixon School Principal Danielle Lynch.

“Our backup plan is that you can take a picture of a drawing you made, or a letter you would have composed, you can type it in an email and send it to me at dlynch@roxbury.org. Take a picture of your picture, write a letter in an email, email it to me and I’ll work with Mrs. Hamberger and put that all together. We’ll virtually deliver it to Irma the Activity Director.”