Grade three to four class posing with their hug display. Back row L-R: Mayra M, Evan M, Neil R, Wesley R, Aiden R, Elise M, Izaak B, Wyatt M Front row L-R Beatrice M, Sophie M, Nicholas P, Carter G, Tavin T, Raegan M, Cara V, Zaylaa W (Photo submitted/Tom Wilkinson)

Grade three to four class posing with their hug display. Back row L-R: Mayra M, Evan M, Neil R, Wesley R, Aiden R, Elise M, Izaak B, Wyatt M Front row L-R Beatrice M, Sophie M, Nicholas P, Carter G, Tavin T, Raegan M, Cara V, Zaylaa W (Photo submitted/Tom Wilkinson)

Display created to show support for frontline workers

The hug arm display was created by the Nechako Elementary School grade three to four class

Nechako Elementary School class created a heartwarming display for Kitimat General Hospital (KGH) staff.

A giant nine-foot wide hug was created by the Grade 3 and Grade 4 classes at Nechako Elementary School. The hug arms were signed by the staff and students as a way of expressing their gratitude to the staff and volunteers at KGH.

The message reads as follows: “For all you do, this hug is for you.”

“The students understand that it has been a challenging couple of years for everyone in Canada and they wanted to be able to say thank you to the local hospital staff,” wrote Nechako Elementary School Teacher Tom Wilkinson in an email.

“The spark that really drove me to initiate this with my class was a Remembrance Day ceremony [that] had adults protesting, so I wanted my students to have a chance to participate in doing a positive kindness action as a way of trying to bring a positive message to the media,” said Wilkinson.

The hug was delivered on Nov. 24 and was being prepared to be displayed.