Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Findlay’s 2021 Absolutely Incredible Kid Day Letter Writing Campaign will look a little different.
The University will be holding an internal letter writing campaign to continue the annual tradition of sending letters of encouragement to incredible kids. While the public will not be able to participate on campus, the University encourages community members to write to a child in their own family or circle of friends.
“UF has been an avid supporter and host of Absolutely Incredible Kid Day Letter Writing Campaigns for the past 17 years,” said Sharinda Welton, director of student activities, commuter services, and leadership development. “This year, we invite community to think of the AMAZING CHILDREN in their lives, take time to write a letter telling the child why they are amazing.”
Not sure who to write to? Welton suggests “nieces, nephews, grandchildren, neighbor kids, scout troops, Sunday School classes, students who take music lessons from you, martial art class students, kids staying at the City Mission, kiddos you coach, or even your own children.”
In years past, Student Activities Board (SAB) has worked in conjunction with the local Campfire U.S.A. to set up letter writing stations to provide letters of encouragement to local children. This year SAB will be teaming up with student organizations, athletics, and other internal offices to continue making a difference in children’s lives. The College of Education Club House and Dr. Allison Baer, professor of education and team leader for AYA, middle childhood, and multi-age licensure, and are working to gather names of incredible kids to send letters to.
“There is something exciting and very special about receiving a letter in the mail!” said Welton. “With COVID, so much is transpiring virtually. All the more reason to write a letter and connect in a different way to an amazing kid!”
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day was founded by National Camp Fire U.S.A. to provide an opportunity for all children to receive a letter of encouragement on the exact same day. SAB has hosted an Absolutely Incredible Kid Day Letter Writing Campaign in conjunction with the local Campfire U.S.A., Northwest Ohio Council for years and hopes the tradition will continue many years to come.
The event is chaired by UF student Morgan Kuhlman and presented by UF’s Student Activities Board, “your source for diverse edutainment.” For more information, visit the Absolutely Incredible Kid Day webpage.